Santorum turns GOP race upside down with three state win
BY JEFF WALKER STAFF That screeching your hear is the momentum of Mitt Romney's campaign machine grinding to a halt. On Tuesday night Rick Santorum put a tank like road block in Romney's road to the GOP nomination by winning all three of the primaries and caucuses that were held.
Until Tuesday night it seemed like Romney was the true GOP front runner and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum seemed like an irrelevant candidate. On Tuesday there was one primary and two caucuses. The primary was in Missouri which Santorum received 55% of the vote and Romney received 25%. Ron Paul finished third with 12%.
In Minnesota it was even worse news for Romney as he came in third place with 17% of the caucus. Ron Paul came in second with 27% and Santorum was first with 45%.
Colorado was the closest race of the night as Santorum edged out Romney. Santorum garnered 40% of the vote while Romney came in second place with 35%. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich came finished a distant third with 13% and Paul finished in fourth with 12%.
It is unclear due to Republican rules how many delegates Santorum will gain from his victories on Tuesday. What is clear is he gained some much needed momentum from the Triple Crown.
The Romney camp released a statement Tuesday night sighting that John McCain lost 18 states in 2008 and still received the GOP nomination. What they did not say is that McCain went on to lose to President Barack Obama in the general election that November. firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter @LCSPolitical POSTED 02/07/2011 03:19