Rick Santorum Wins Colorado & Minnesota Caucuses, Missouri Primary to Shake Up GOP Race Again

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Rick Santorum won the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses and a non-binding primary in Missouri on Tuesday night, an unexpected sweep that raised fresh questions about Mitt Romney’s ability to win the Republican presidential nomination.

On the flip side, it may help Romney inadvertently.

With Santorum emerging as competition to Newt Gingrich as the principal alternative to Romney, voters continue to veer among candidates but have not coalesced behind one consistently, often leaving Romney ahead almost by default.

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Gingrich has won one state, South Carolina. Santorum has now won four, including Iowa. Romney won New Hampshire January 10 and then back-to-back victories in Florida and Nevada that had led to predictions that he was inevitable.

Not so fast.

The results on Tuesday shook the political world, though it is an open question whether they are a momentary embarrassment or a prolonged setback Romney.

Romney goes into the next round of primaries and caucuses much better financed than his opponents in what will be much more of a nationwide campaign.

Arizona and Michigan vote February 28, followed by 11 "Super Tuesday" competitions on March 6. But the enthusiasm in the race is no longer his alone.

Santorum’s win in Missouri was symbolic and does not affect the awarding of delegates, which will be decided at district and state conventions later this year.

More Republicans participated in the Missouri primary than in the Nevada caucuses, however, and his victory over Mitt in Colorado was a genuine upset.

Combined with the victory in Minnesota, it gave him an important lift that his campaign hoped would translate into an infusion of new donations and support.

The margin in Colorado was relatively close, with Santorum winning 40.2 percent to Romney's 34.9, with Gingrich at 12.8 and Ron Paul fourth at 11.8.

In Minnesota, though, Santorum won 44.8 percent and Ron Paul 27.2 percent, a strong second that blew past Romney's 16.9 - Paul's first "win" over Mitt.

It was Santorum's night, though, and he told cheering supporters at his headquarters in St. Charles, Mo., that he's setting his sights higher than Romney.

“I don’t stand here to claim to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney,” he said. “I stand here to be the conservative alternative to Barack Obama.”

Minnesota Caucus Results

  1. Rick Santorum 44.8%
  2. Ron Paul 27.2  
  3. Mitt Romney 16.9  
  4. Newt Gingrich 10.7  
  5. Others 0.3  

Colorado Caucus Results

  1. Santorum 40.2%
  2. Romney 34.9  
  3. Gingrich 12.8  
  4. Paul 11.8  
  5. Others 0.3 
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run bitch. Cold dont scare me its not over til im done reedy bitch

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67FUON3- Football #67 will f you up on 3 count. I'm swiching my username. I am a bitch and that's why I know revenge is sweet.

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I see...... And I don't have to look hard to figure out where that came from. When I serve it.......... I'll serve it COLD.

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WHAT????

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67fu racist reed bitch let him man up

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RON PAUL IS A RACIST, AND A PACIFIST. WE DON'T NEED THAT, WITH TODAYS PROBLEMS. I.E. RUSSIA, IRAN, CHINA, ETC. ROMNEY KNOWS FINANCE, AND CAN TURN OUR ECONOMY AROUND, FOR THE BETTER.

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The TRUE CONSERVATIVE = RON PAUL ...even Nevada's pre-voting poll people took b-4 voting when asked who they felt was the True Conservative of the 4 of them--- RON PAUL won by a HUGE MARGIN !!
That's because its TRUE !! Rick Santorum is NOT the True Conservative -RON PAUL IS !!! If I'm not given RON PAUL --- I'll have to vote for Obama---he's better then Rich Mitt, Seedy Newt or Warmongering Santorum! The Republican Party blew it conspiring against the BEST candidate they have!! Oh well....it's their own fault !

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rick is a poster boy for abortion see what happens when we out law it !!!

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It seems that "Slick Rick" showed Old Money Bags Mitt, and DonNo Trump a thing or 2 about How the race was won.
I *hafta say it!!
If Romney had won on yesterday, DonNo Trump would have been at the microphone speaking on Mitt's behalf, and patting himself on the back.
I haven't heard a growl from Romney yet, so he and The Trumpster must be hiding out somewhere being speechless!!

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We go the 6th and they think Newt will win. This is really something. Obama opened his mouth about Catholic churches and pissed a bunch of dems off. Include the complete crap he hasn't done for 4 years and we arrive at a divided country. I despise Newt. I was pulling for Romney and now......we shall see.