Santorum sweeps Colorado and Minnesota caucuses, Missouri primary

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum with American flag

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With less than a month to go until Super Tuesday and many publications–including this one–already calling the Republican primaries in Mitt Romney’s name, last night’s results seemed to astound everyone, including the man who came out on top.

Last night, Colorado and Minnesota’s caucuses took place, as did Missouri’s non-binding primary. Missouri was home to a landslide victory by former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum with 55% of the vote, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney trailing with 25%.

Santorum’s victory in Minnesota, while less definitive than in Missouri, was still anything but close. With 45% of the vote, the social conservative still claimed an 18 point lead over Ron Paul, with Mitt Romney holding a dismal 17% of the results.

Early on in the evening, Colorado bore shocking similarity to Iowa in terms of the neck-and-neck race between Romney and Santorum. Santorum prevailed with a 5-point lead over Romney, however, winning Colorado’s caucuses with 40%.

Missouri’s primary has no bearing over its delegates as the will formally caucus in March to select convention delegates. As such, the Missouri primary is, in many ways, a large scale straw poll. However, it shows that Santorum’s popularity in Iowa was far from being a one-off.

The Santorum campaign will be spinning their victories tonight as proof that the real race is between Romney and Santorum, not Romney and Gingrich as has been the case for much of the elections.

The Wall Street Journal has an up-to-date delegate tracker for all states who have had primaries and caucuses thus far.


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