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An Amazing Night for Rick Santorum

Last night Rick Santorum wildly beat expectations by pulling off the triple play, three wins in three contests. Santorum won the caucuses in both Minnesota and Colorado.  He also scored a huge victory in the non-binding Missouri primary.  That was helped by the fact Newt Gingrich chose not to get on the ballot for this non-binding event, and no other candidate campaigned in the state.

Last night was a great night for Santorum not only because he won big, but because his rivals fared so poorly:

Colorado (100% reporting)
Santorum 40.2%
Romney 34.9%
Gingrich 12.8%
Paul 11.8

Minnesota (95.2% reporting)
Santorum 44.8%
Paul 27.2%
Romney 16.9%
Gingrich 10.7%

Missouri (100% reporting)
Santorum 55.2%
Romney 25.3%
Paul 12.2%
Uncommitted 3.9%

Newt Gingrich, who is competing with Santorum to be the anti-Romney alternative, did extremely poorly in the two caucuses in which he competed. Gingrich ended up in last place in Minnesota and third place in Colorado. At this point Santorum now has four wins to Gingrich’s one. Given Gingrich’s very high negatives, Santorum has a real chance to take the anti-Romney mantle before Super Tuesday.

Last night was also a hugely disappointment for Mitt Romney. He wasn’t just beaten, he was badly beaten.  Santorum more than doubled Romney’s vote in Minnesota and Missouri. Santorum even bested Romney in Colorado, a state Romney dominated in 2008.

In addition for the first time Romney didn’t take first or second in a primary contest. He came in third in Minnesota behind Santorum and Ron Paul.

This will be a huge shot in the arm for the Santorum campaign. He did serious damage to the impression that Romney was inevitable. Santorum also now has powerful evidence for why he is the strongest anti-Romney alternative.

Yesterday couldn’t have gone more perfectly for the Santorum campaign.

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An Amazing Night for Rick Santorum

The Santorums enthused (photo: Gage Skidmore)

Last night Rick Santorum wildly beat expectations by pulling off the triple play, three wins in three contests. Santorum won the caucuses in both Minnesota and Colorado.  He also scored a huge victory in the non-binding Missouri primary.  That was helped by the fact Newt Gingrich chose not to get on the ballot for this non-binding event, and no other candidate campaigned in the state.

Last night was a great night for Santorum not only because he won big, but because his rivals fared so poorly:

Colorado (100% reporting)
Santorum 40.2%
Romney 34.9%
Gingrich 12.8%
Paul 11.8

Minnesota (95.2% reporting)
Santorum 44.8%
Paul 27.2%
Romney 16.9%
Gingrich 10.7%

Missouri (100% reporting)
Santorum 55.2%
Romney 25.3%
Paul 12.2%
Uncommitted 3.9%

Newt Gingrich, who is competing with Santorum to be the anti-Romney alternative, did extremely poorly in the two caucuses in which he competed. Gingrich ended up in last place in Minnesota and third place in Colorado. At this point Santorum now has four wins to Gingrich’s one. Given Gingrich’s very high negatives, Santorum has a real chance to take the anti-Romney mantle before Super Tuesday.

Last night was also a hugely disappointment for Mitt Romney. He wasn’t just beaten, he was badly beaten.  Santorum more than doubled Romney’s vote in Minnesota and Missouri. Santorum even bested Romney in Colorado, a state Romney dominated in 2008.

In addition for the first time Romney didn’t take first or second in a primary contest. He came in third in Minnesota behind Santorum and Ron Paul.

This will be a huge shot in the arm for the Santorum campaign. He did serious damage to the impression that Romney was inevitable. Santorum also now has powerful evidence for why he is the strongest anti-Romney alternative.

Yesterday couldn’t have gone more perfectly for the Santorum campaign.

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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