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Santorum Delivers a GOP Stunner [Shoe-String Budget: Clean Sweep: Hat-Trick: Wins MN; MO, and CO!]
Wall St. J ^ | February 07, 2012 | NEIL KING JR. And DANNY YADRON

Posted on 02/07/2012 10:36:59 PM PST by Steelfish

Santorum Delivers a GOP Stunner Former Senator Wins in Minnesota, Missouri; Romney Campaign Plays Down Nonbinding Contests

By NEIL KING JR. And DANNY YADRON

DENVER—Rick Santorum jolted the Republican presidential race Tuesday by winning nominating contests in Missouri and Minnesota, puncturing Mitt Romney's claim to be the unstoppable front-runner.

Mr. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, was running neck and neck with Mr. Romney in preliminary returns from Colorado, a state Mr. Romney won by a wide margin in 2008.

With about 70% of the Colorado vote counted, Mr. Santorum had 38%, to 36% for Mr. Romney. Four years ago, Mr. Romney carried Colorado with 60% of the vote.

Mr. Santorum's twin victories in the Midwest will give his campaign a much-needed burst of momentum and may stir doubt about Mr. Romney's abilities to woo conservatives to his side in important electoral states such as Missouri. So far, Mr. Romney has won in states where he has devoted significant campaign time and advertising dollars.

Mr. Santorum won 55% of the Missouri vote, while Mr. Romney followed with 25%. Texas Rep. Ron Paul was trailing with 12%. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wasn't on the Missouri ballot.

Mr. Santorum's Missouri victory margin of almost 75,000 votes over Mr. Romney was nearly 29,000 more than Mr. Romney's combined Iowa and Nevada total.

While the Tuesday results didn't directly award any of the delegates needed to claim the GOP nomination, they showed voters rejecting Mr. Romney even in states where he had performed well four years ago.

Mr. Romney had carried Minnesota in 2008 but placed third there on Tuesday. With 85% of precincts in, Mr. Santorum had 45% of the vote, while Mr. Paul had 27%. Mr. Romney had 17% of the vote and Mr. Gingrich claimed 11%.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado; US: Minnesota; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: aldo; caucusprimaries; colorado; geeksweatervest; minnesota; missouri; newt; ricksantorum; romney; santorum; santorum4romney; santorumwins
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Go Rick Go! Clear "electable" alternative to Romney. Wins CO with 5% vote margin.
1 posted on 02/07/2012 10:37:03 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Santorum is not a great choice against 0.

This seems to support the idea of a brokered convention.


2 posted on 02/07/2012 10:39:30 PM PST by Downinthedixie (ABO)
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To: Steelfish

A hat trick!


3 posted on 02/07/2012 10:41:40 PM PST by Jeff Winston
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To: Steelfish

Wow! Yeah!


4 posted on 02/07/2012 10:41:53 PM PST by TJA
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To: Steelfish

Time for the elites to tear down another one.


5 posted on 02/07/2012 10:42:02 PM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Steelfish

I’m not a Santorum gal, but God Bless him over romney tonight!


6 posted on 02/07/2012 10:43:15 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Steelfish

I’m a Newt guy, but congrats to Rick. A well deserved drubbing for Mittens, and I’ll take that to the bank.

Inevitable my ass!


7 posted on 02/07/2012 10:43:43 PM PST by moonhawk (Romney tuck's his tail and licks the hand that beats him. Newt rips it off at the shoulder.)
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To: Steelfish

good stuff

Watching Fox News until they called it in CO, I was reminded of how fun close elections are and why I love politics so much.


8 posted on 02/07/2012 10:44:30 PM PST by se_ohio_young_conservative (u)
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To: moonhawk

Rick S trounced Mitt R by 30 points in MO!!!!! Unprecedented.


9 posted on 02/07/2012 10:44:59 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish
I still gotta believe that being the religious candidate at the time that the Marxist-Alinsky radicals (spoiled brats actually) opened fire on Christians helped attract a lot of votes for Santorum -- and those attacks on Christians are going get a lot of people out to vote in November.
10 posted on 02/07/2012 10:45:12 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Steelfish; xzins
Go Rick Go! Clear "electable" alternative to Romney. Wins CO with 5% vote margin.

If Romney can't win Colorado with it's significant Mormon population, then he ain't gonna win in the Bible Belt or the corn belt.

This is just great news.

11 posted on 02/07/2012 10:46:15 PM PST by P-Marlowe
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To: Steelfish

The revenge of fly-over country! So there!

I was part of the MN caucuses. There was a large Catholic vote tonight. Surprisingly we had nearly a 20% higher turnout than in 2008! I think if was because of the the sum total of issues plus the interest locally in the Obamacare mandate. People are really venting their anger here. Santorum did not even have to bring the subject up, but I think it had some influence on the vote in MN.


12 posted on 02/07/2012 10:47:07 PM PST by Gumdrop (!!)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

Yes and the 9th Circus decision may have also scared people of a runaway judiciary, the radical gay agenda etc.


13 posted on 02/07/2012 10:47:07 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael
Santorum won by 316 votes in each of the three states. :)
14 posted on 02/07/2012 10:47:53 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Steelfish

Yessss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

But remember, Rick’s DONE!!! LOL.


15 posted on 02/07/2012 10:48:24 PM PST by rissole
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To: Downinthedixie

Santorum has not stunned me with his charisma, granted, but he’s a solid conservative, and is immune to Obama’s class warfare attack strategy (just mentally compare his vulnerability vs. Romney or even Newt...) Staunchly pro-life and family values will play big in flyover country where guys with a past like Newts are snickered about and guys like Romney are spotted as phonies a mile away.

I sure like what I’ve heard from Santorum lately. For sure he would be a contrast against Obama, not just “Obama-lite”.


16 posted on 02/07/2012 10:48:53 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Downinthedixie

You don’t think a conservative can beat the prince?


17 posted on 02/07/2012 10:50:32 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Steelfish
If Romney has lost 22% in CO since the last primary in that state, in no way is he inevitable. CO is a state that you would think would go in his column fairly handily, but not this time.
18 posted on 02/07/2012 10:50:38 PM PST by Major Matt Mason (The Chicago Way isn't the American Way.)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

“Santorum won by 316 votes in each of the three states. :) “

Um...no he didn’t. Not even one...


19 posted on 02/07/2012 10:50:57 PM PST by Downinthedixie (ABO)
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To: jwalsh07

A conservative, yes. Santorum, no.

But hey, he had a good night
I’d rather a wild card come through at the convention.


20 posted on 02/07/2012 10:52:37 PM PST by Downinthedixie (ABO)
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To: All; Steelfish
The victory here is against the establishment narrative of Romney inevitability.

Santorum has an impressive showing in caucus states but can't get voters to show up at the polls.

It's good the press picked up Romney is UNDERPERFORMING vs. 2008.

They missed that in the Nevada result where, yes he won again but he was 50% vs 51%, 1 point below his 2008 performance.

21 posted on 02/07/2012 10:54:55 PM PST by newzjunkey
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To: Downinthedixie

Santorum is a conservative, the nonsense spewed around here these past months not withstanding. 88% ACU, same as Newt give or take a point or two. 11% by the unions. Exactly what would be your idea of an accepatable conservative?


22 posted on 02/07/2012 10:57:09 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: newzjunkey
Santorum has an impressive showing in caucus states but can't get voters to show up at the polls.

Really? He won with 55% of the vote at the polls in Missouri - that one was a primary and not a caucus. The caucus comes in a couple of weeks or so there.

23 posted on 02/07/2012 10:58:19 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: jwalsh07

One who could withstand the assault by Obama.

Nominating a conservative and losing would make this whole process a waste of time. I like Santorum’s character, I just don’t think he can beat the loser in office.


24 posted on 02/07/2012 10:59:29 PM PST by Downinthedixie (ABO)
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To: Steelfish

Since I no longer go to Drudge, I wonder how long until the hits come out against Rick ~


25 posted on 02/07/2012 11:01:03 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: Downinthedixie

So you have no pref. Getting kind of late in the game amigo.


26 posted on 02/07/2012 11:01:22 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: newzjunkey

Not quite true. The newscasters were commenting on higher enthusiasm & turnout in many of the counties Rick carried. Particularly compared to Mitt.


27 posted on 02/07/2012 11:02:01 PM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: jwalsh07

I hate them all. I do like Santorum far more than Gingrich.


28 posted on 02/07/2012 11:02:45 PM PST by Downinthedixie (ABO)
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To: jwalsh07

And by that I mean, I think they all will lose :(


29 posted on 02/07/2012 11:03:27 PM PST by Downinthedixie (ABO)
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To: Gumdrop

THANK-YOU COLORADO, MISSOURI, AND MINNESOTA!!!!!!
Minnesota you have just redeemed yourselves from electing Jesse Ventura.


30 posted on 02/07/2012 11:03:40 PM PST by Kit cat (OBummer must go)
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To: Downinthedixie

We could do better but we could do worse. Santorum is growing into a better candidate, keeping the whiney stuff under controlo for the most part. I disagree though, I think the prince is ripe for the picking. Major mistakes on the pipeline and freedom of religion are gonna bite that dog right in his marxist ass.


31 posted on 02/07/2012 11:06:38 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Downinthedixie

Then vote for Obama and wallow in your self pity!!!!!


32 posted on 02/07/2012 11:06:46 PM PST by Kit cat (OBummer must go)
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To: Kit cat

Yea selfpity. Great comment kit...


33 posted on 02/07/2012 11:07:33 PM PST by Downinthedixie (ABO)
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To: jwalsh07

The birth control issue was beyond stupid by 0.

For an election year, that move will hurt a lot.

I’m betting he reverses that policy very soon...


34 posted on 02/07/2012 11:09:13 PM PST by Downinthedixie (ABO)
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To: Downinthedixie

Doesn’t matter the damage is done. At mass last Sunday the parish priest made that very clear. Obama has lost even the liberal Bishops in my Church, no mean feat. And he lost union money and feet with the pipeline. Santorum is exactly positioned to benefit from both of those gaffes from the worlds smartest marxist.


35 posted on 02/07/2012 11:12:55 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

I think that is exactly what happened. The Catholics showed up...

The Bishops who read those letters in Church on Sunday had a big impact..


36 posted on 02/07/2012 11:16:41 PM PST by neverbluffer
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To: jwalsh07
The last time Newt (100%), Paul (88%) & Santorum (84%) were in Congress together, 1998, Santorum was the lowest ACU rated of the three.

Newt's obviously the Super RINO and Santorum's always been the consistent, "True Conservative™". /s

Like the candidate, Santorum's supporters have a convenient memory on his flip flops, his hypocrisy, his happy embrace of an expanded federal gov't., his prior support for required health insurance, his aggressive work for lobbyists in office and lobbying career after his massive reelection defeat, his betrayal of conservatives in the Spector vs Toomey primary...

37 posted on 02/07/2012 11:17:01 PM PST by newzjunkey
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To: Steelfish
Rick Santorum 2012

Acts 5:39:

But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it; lest perhaps you be found even to fight against God.
38 posted on 02/07/2012 11:17:01 PM PST by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: jwalsh07

Which is why it’s so shocking to me that Obama keeps polling better than all of our candidates. If we can’t beat this loser, how can we beat anyone?

I mean, it’s so obvious to us, but the mods/leftists see him as a “darn good guy”.

Makes me sick.


39 posted on 02/07/2012 11:17:52 PM PST by Downinthedixie (ABO)
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To: Downinthedixie

Per the latest Rasmussen poll, Obama has somehow managed to get back into positive approval - 51% approval vs. 48% disapproval. That’s why it will be difficult no matter who our nominee is.


40 posted on 02/07/2012 11:19:24 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: newzjunkey
Fact: National Taxpayers Union (NTU) issued a congressional scorecard for Gingrich’s record on economic issues. From 1979-98, Gingrich had an average score of 61% (with 100% being a perfect score on supporting lower taxes and limited government).

I find the same to be true of Newt supporters. They tend to overlook huge failings on a host of critical conservative issues not to mention his electability in a general election.

41 posted on 02/07/2012 11:22:48 PM PST by FresnoRobert (When born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, it's reversed.)
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To: Republican Wildcat

“Per the latest Rasmussen poll, Obama has somehow managed to get back into positive approval - 51% approval vs. 48% disapproval.”

The reason is obvious. The media and the ignorant lemmings follow the unemployment number as if it were a decree from God.

That 8.3% number means nothing. We have lost tons of workers who do not even show up in the Labor Dept’s numbers. But do you think most Americans know this? Hell no they don’t!

Which is why we’re screwed unless we can somehow relay this fact to the masses. Eff the media and doubleEFF Obama.


42 posted on 02/07/2012 11:23:22 PM PST by Downinthedixie (ABO)
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To: Steelfish

I just saw they called CO for Santorum. 40-35. Congratulations on a clean sweep defeating Mitt.
My feeling is the two candidates who have little or no chance if beating Barry in the Fall are Romney and Ron Paul.


43 posted on 02/07/2012 11:28:59 PM PST by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Not to rain on your parade, but if Newt had been on the ballot in MO, have you done the math? Using the past election totals in the other states - I have - as clearly as I could with what I considered reliable figures...

It would have been Newt 36 - Sanctimonium 19...

So include a little reality and context when you post about the results...

CO and MN - true Sanctimonium wins, and props on those! Anybody who beats Willard Your Worst Nightmare - in any way - gets applause from me...


44 posted on 02/07/2012 11:29:09 PM PST by true believer forever (Vote for Newt - Save the Irish Setters!)
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To: Steelfish

I still hope Newt can get back in the game but what a great night for conservatives!


45 posted on 02/07/2012 11:31:16 PM PST by toddausauras (The)
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To: Downinthedixie

All you Newt supporters ever talked about was his “superior debating skills” He forgot to bring those superior debating skills in the two Florida debates and that has cost him dearly.

Congrats to Santorum.


46 posted on 02/07/2012 11:33:53 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Steelfish

I am absolutely thrilled! Let’s congratulate Rick with a little campaign cash. Donate what you would have spent on coffee or junk food or something tomorrow / today.


47 posted on 02/07/2012 11:33:53 PM PST by Yaelle (Go Santorum!)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

That is a good observation. I add one: Maybe we are finally opening our hearts to God and seeing Rick, though flawed, speaks to his values. Just a thought.


48 posted on 02/07/2012 11:33:53 PM PST by roughman ( roughmen stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm (orwell))
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To: Steelfish

READ IT AND SWEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)


49 posted on 02/07/2012 11:37:17 PM PST by rissole
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To: Republican Wildcat

The polls can be wrong. Look at Colorado tonite. They were wrong—very wrong. They had Mittwit winning by a landslide there. These approval polls can go up and down all spring and summer. Obummer has been campaigning non-stop except when he is on vacation. Unemployment improving is not the only thing voters look at.


50 posted on 02/07/2012 11:37:22 PM PST by RightLady (Liberty above all)
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