Santorum sweeps Missouri, Minnesota & Colorado

WTF Rick Santorum sweep 2.8.12

 
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum swept the Republican contests in Missouri, Minnesota, and Colorado last night, trouncing rival Mitt Romney in key moderate states where the former Massachusetts governor was favored to win. 


“Conservatism is alive and well in Missouri and Minnesota!” Santorum told supporters in Missouri. “Your votes today were not just heard loud and wide across the state of Missouri and Minnesota, but they were heard loud and louder all across this country. And particularly in a place that I suspect – maybe in Massachusetts – they were heard particularly loud tonight.”

Santorum won the non-binding Missouri primary with 55% of the vote, beating Mitt Romney by a 30% margin. (Missouri will be holding its GOP caucus on March 17th to decide the allocation of the delegates.) In Minnesota, Santorum defeated Ron Paul in the caucus, winning 45% of the vote. He then pulled off a surprising upset against Romney in Colorado – a state where Romney had significantly outspent his rivals.

“This was a good night for Rick Santorum,” conceded Romney. “We’ll keep on campaigning down the road, but I expect to become our nominee with your help.”

Romney’s recent losses have challenged the perceived inevitability of his nomination. So far, Romney, the most well-funded candidate, has won the contests in New Hampshire, Florida, and Nevada, but Gingrich has won the South Carolina primary, and Santorum has won the caucuses in Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, and the primary in Missouri.

The candidates will compete next at the Maine caucus on Saturday, Feb. 11th, followed by the Arizona and Michigan primaries on Feb. 28th.


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