Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Santorum Revives Campaign With Wins in Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 9:03 AM

In a political season that has already provided more than its share of surprises, Tuesday night's results from Colorado and Minnesota caucuses and a primary in Missouri proved that Mitt Romney won't be coasting toward an inevitable GOP presidential nomination.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum scored a hat trick of victories by clinching 55 percent of the Missouri primary vote, 45 percent of the Minnesota caucus vote and 40 percent of the Colorado caucus vote. None of the contests secured delegates to this summer's Republican National Convention, but Santorum's campaign was given a much-needed burst of momentum.

Romney, meanwhile, downplayed Tuesday night's results and said his campaign was instead focusing its efforts on Arizona and Michigan contests - both scheduled for Feb. 28 - as well as Super Tuesday on March 6, when 10 states, including Idaho, will vote.

Some top conservatives are already predicting a nomination brawl to extend well into the spring. All four leading candidates. Romney, Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, are expected to address this week's annual conference of the Conservative Political Action Committee in Washington, D.C..

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