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Santorum sweeps Alabama, Mississippi primaries

March 13, 2012

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WASHINGTON — A resurgent Rick Santorum swept primaries in Alabama and Mississippi Tuesday night, upending the race for the Republican presidential nomination as he sought to push Newt Gingrich toward the sidelines.

Mitt Romney was running third in both states.

“We did it again,” Santorum told cheering supporters in Lafayette, La. He said it was time for conservatives to unite in an effort to defeat Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who is the faraway leader in the competition for Republican National Convention delegates.

Romney bristled in the hours before the votes were counted, saying Santorum was “at the desperate end of his campaign.”

But it was Gingrich with the most to lose as he struggled for political survival in a part of the country he hoped would fuel one more comeback in the unpredictable race to pick an opponent to President Barack Obama.

He congratulated Santorum on his victories, and poked at Romney. “If you’re the front-runner and you keep coming in third, you’re not much of a front-runner,” he said in Birmingham, Ala.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 7 months ago

Interesting. This may take awhile for the R's to settle their conflict between passion and money. Which will win?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 7 months ago

In the end, it will be both that win out, because for Republicans That Really Matter, money is the one and only true passion.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 7 months ago

"Santorum sweeps Alabama, Mississippi primaries"

If the Urban Dictionary is correct in its definition of "Santorium", there must have been a lot of people running really fast to get out of there quick.

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cato_the_elder 2 years, 7 months ago

Confirmed delegate count: Romney 495, Santorum 234, Gingrich 142, Paul 64. That's all that counts. No one who is currently "anti-Romney" will ever vote for Obama.

Romney's nomination is inevitable. Despite the intra-family mud-slinging among Republican candidates, Obama's poll numbers continue to drop while Romney has closed the gap with Obama and is in a statistical dead heat with him nationally.

Romney-Rubio in 2012. Go for it.

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 7 months ago

Rubio is smart enough to know that 2012 is not his time. He knew it three years ago when Romney, et al. began their push for the presidency. Running for and losing the V.P. would not be a stepping stone to the presidency, should he even have presidential aspirations of his own. No, I strongly suspect Rubio will not be the V.P. candidate. Who might take it? Maybe some unknown governor from the hinterlands like Alaska? Maybe a politician who has reached the end of the line, like a senator from Delaware? But definitely not an up and comer with presidential ambitions of their own. Should Obama win in 2012, which I strongly believe will happen, look for Rubio to run in 2016, not having to run against an incumbent president.

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cato_the_elder 2 years, 7 months ago

If that's what Rubio decides, then so be it. In the interim, Obama is eminently beatable, and as long as the Republicans nominate Romney they stand an excellent chance of winning.

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 7 months ago

In a year when the incumbent would be very beatable, the Republicans have put forth a very weak field from which to choose and then have gone about their selection process in such a way as to weaken the eventual nominee. I agree that Romney looks to be that eventual nominee, however, I'll lay 5:1 against him beating Obama.

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deec 2 years, 7 months ago

Eh, I'd bring some brains. The zombies should be checking in any minute now.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 7 months ago

Watch out for a big party with a huge cake. Soon, Palin will jump our of it.

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