Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Santorum declared winner in Missouri, Minnesota
Washington Post ^ | 02/07/2012 | By Philip Rucker and Nia-Malika Henderson

Posted on 02/07/2012 8:12:03 PM PST by SeekAndFind

DENVER — Rick Santorum had a breakthrough night on Tuesday by winning the Missouri primary and the Minnesota caucuses, breathing life into his struggling campaign and slowing Mitt Romney’s march to the Republican presidential nomination.

Early returns had Santorum running two-to-one over Romney in Missouri, and the Associated Press projected he would win the state’s “beauty contest” primary, which awards no delegates but provides fresh momentum to the former Pennsylvania senator’s campaign.

Romney was hoping to extend his winning streak as he tried to strengthen his claim to the mantle of the presumptive nominee, but he was bracing for a loss in one or more states as Santorum made an aggressive run in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri.

Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.), who has yet to secure a win in the 2012 sweepstakes, mobilized his loyal support networks in the three states, banking on low turnout in the non-binding contests to give him a win.

Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich did not compete in Missouri, which was holding a “beauty contest” primary that awarded no delegates. The former House speaker looked past Tuesday’s contests and instead campaigned in Ohio, one of several delegate-rich states voting March 6 on “Super Tuesday,” when he hopes to jump-start his struggling candidacy.

The Colorado and Minnesota caucuses are not binding and would not award convention delegates, but at stake Tuesday night was the prestige of winning.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: minnesota; missouri; mn2012; mo2012; santorum; santorum2012
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-147 next last

1 posted on 02/07/2012 8:12:07 PM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

He’s giving a great speech right now.


2 posted on 02/07/2012 8:15:25 PM PST by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Romney just browned his pants.


3 posted on 02/07/2012 8:16:47 PM PST by Logical me
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Elvina

Personally, I am very worried that neither Gingrich nor Romney can defeat obama. I think Santorum actually could....maybe it is time to get behind Santorum!


4 posted on 02/07/2012 8:17:03 PM PST by ConservativeDude
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Went to mine. Voted Newt. He came in 3rd. Willard a distant 4th. Volunteered for BPOU delegate for March 10th.


5 posted on 02/07/2012 8:19:24 PM PST by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

President Santorum? Liberals would commit mass suicide if that happened..... I can support Rick Santorum.


6 posted on 02/07/2012 8:21:05 PM PST by RC one (the majority of republicans agree, anyone but Romney.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind
Republican Establishment, listen to what the American voters are saying to you. In every state so far, a majority have rejected your proposed candidate.

If Thomas Jefferson trusted "the People," once they were informed, then why can't you?

No more Doles or McCains, please. Rethink your position on Romney. Clearly, the ideas of America's Founders don't come to him naturally. He is, no doubt, a good family man and provider. He has had amazing success in making money within the Founders' system, but that does not mean that he understands and can implement the principles which made that success possible.

Voters need a clear choice in November. They need someone who can make known to them the underlying ideas of their liberty. They need someone who can clearly outline the false ideas of the current President--ideas which have led to tyranny in every society where they have dominated.

Perhaps Divine Providence is, today, sending you a message. Santorum is now outlining in his speech the very ideas people need to have in order to win this election in November.

Listen to your fellow Republicans. The liberty of future generations is at stake, and Romney is no match for Obama. Ideas won independence and liberty in 1776 and 1787. Ideas can win them back in 2012.

7 posted on 02/07/2012 8:24:14 PM PST by loveliberty2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

After my caucus, I quickly drove to two other caucuses, and each one told me Santorum won! How cool! A message has been sent to the GOP!


8 posted on 02/07/2012 8:25:03 PM PST by Thorliveshere
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Elvina

RE: He’s giving a great speech right now.

Yes, hit hard on Obama’s HHS FORCING Catholic hospitals and health providers to provide sterilization, morning after abortion pills and birth control...

THAT is what’s needed.

If Roman Catholics can’t get behind this guy and still vote for Obama, I would be uncertain how many voters who call themselves Catholic really are...


9 posted on 02/07/2012 8:25:23 PM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Time for Newt to pull out and endorse Santorum. What? No? Wasn’t that what everyone was saying Santorum should do last week?


10 posted on 02/07/2012 8:26:38 PM PST by Controlling Legal Authority
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Logical me

Romney just browned his pants.
______________________________________________________________
I really did LOL at that.


11 posted on 02/07/2012 8:26:48 PM PST by no dems (I'm more concerned with America's future than I am Newt's past.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Only Presidential candidate to ever receive money from me. Wish him the best.


12 posted on 02/07/2012 8:27:55 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Look for a 3-State Sweep tonight by Santorum. I look for him to win Colorado also.


13 posted on 02/07/2012 8:29:20 PM PST by no dems (I'm more concerned with America's future than I am Newt's past.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind; All

Look for a 3-State Sweep tonight by Santorum. I look for him to win Colorado also.


14 posted on 02/07/2012 8:29:36 PM PST by no dems (I'm more concerned with America's future than I am Newt's past.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dead Corpse
Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today

Minnesota? DO you do steampunk? Are you going to the Michigan Steampunk convention over Memorial Day?

Have you heard of the band "Steam Powered Giraffe"?

15 posted on 02/07/2012 8:30:21 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: no dems

RE: Look for a 3-State Sweep tonight by Santorum. I look for him to win Colorado also.

I’m not so sure of Colorado, but I’m crossing my fingers.


16 posted on 02/07/2012 8:32:16 PM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: no dems

The CO number finally moved. Santorum ut front with 16% in. 41-31 Go Rick!!!


17 posted on 02/07/2012 8:32:40 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

CO 22% in...Santorum 42 Romney 31


18 posted on 02/07/2012 8:33:35 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

This is good news.


19 posted on 02/07/2012 8:34:56 PM PST by ReformationFan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: no dems

It is sure looking good for Rick Santorum in Colorado as well. This is what the electoral math is going to look like after tonight. (Green= Santorum, Red= Romney, Blue= Gingrich)
20 posted on 02/07/2012 8:36:09 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

The win in Missouri is key. As a battleground state, the fact that Romney finished so far back should be weaken his ‘electability’ arguement.


21 posted on 02/07/2012 8:37:36 PM PST by TexasNative2000 (Jimmy Carter's incompetence + Richard Nixon's paranoia = Barack Obama)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ReformationFan

RE: This is good news.

Not to Santorum haters in this forum ( and there’s quite a number ). His nickname given by these group of posters is — TRICKY RICKY.


22 posted on 02/07/2012 8:38:47 PM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: ConservativeDude

I’m up for any solution that gets us a good conservative nominee who can beat Obama, and that by definition excludes Romney!


23 posted on 02/07/2012 8:39:21 PM PST by bigbob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Controlling Legal Authority; Clintonfatigued; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican
Newt's supporters have been constantly saying Santorum needs to drop out and endorse Newt so conservatives can "stop Romney", but if he had done so this week, today's headlines would read "Romney surge continues with big wins in Missouri, Minnesota. Political experts: After 4-state sweep, Romney nomination seen as inevitable"

Of course, they've been saying "only Newt can stop Romney" before Newt had even won a single primary, so today's results will probably be cited as more "proof" that only Newt can win.

Perhaps one of the "Santorum should drop out to stop Romney" freepers can tell me which primary would have gone differently if Santorum hadn't been running? Certainly not Missouri, unless you're going to make a case Newt would have waged a massively successful and unprecedented write-in campaign that topped Storm Thurmond and Lisa Murkowski. Even in Florida, if Santorum had "dropped out", endorsed Romney, and gotten EVERY single one of his voters to support Newt (which certainly wouldn't have happened as some would have voted for Romney, Ron Paul, or stayed home)... but let's go with the statistically impossible scenario of ALL the Santorum's voters in FL switching en masse to Newt... it STILL wouldn't have changed the results.

How exactly does Santorum dropping out "stop Romney"? If this is the most (and only) important issue in the primary, let's hear some evidence how it works.

24 posted on 02/07/2012 8:45:24 PM PST by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

I am Catholic and have been pleasantly surprised to see how fired up my Catholic friends are about the HHS mandate. Also, Catholics I know who have always been conservative but silent are now being vocal. So maybe the Catholics in Name Only will start feeling the heat as well.


25 posted on 02/07/2012 8:46:18 PM PST by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: ConservativeDude

and I agree with you.....


26 posted on 02/07/2012 8:47:54 PM PST by Kimmers (Pray more and shoot straight.........)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: ConservativeDude
Personally, I am very worried that neither Gingrich nor Romney can defeat obama. I think Santorum actually could....maybe it is time to get behind Santorum!

I think Santorum could have a wide appeal once he gets his message out.

27 posted on 02/07/2012 8:48:28 PM PST by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: ez

Colorado: Santorum 42, Romney 26, Gingrich 15, Paul 12 (28% in)


28 posted on 02/07/2012 8:50:44 PM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Controlling Legal Authority

Toobad Santorum is a RINO, otherwise I’d be excited about this.


29 posted on 02/07/2012 8:50:44 PM PST by Apollo5600
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

I’m watching Mittens speech. He looks shaken.


30 posted on 02/07/2012 8:51:31 PM PST by Tribune7 (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Apollo5600

RE: Toobad Santorum is a RINO, otherwise I’d be excited about this.

Who among these 4 isn’t according to you?


31 posted on 02/07/2012 8:51:54 PM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: 21twelve; Absolutely Nobama; afraidfortherepublic; AmericanInTokyo; American Constitutionalist; ...


Santorum for President ping. Let me know if you want on or off the list.

Top 10 Reasons why Conservatives should support Santorum

16 Reasons Why Mitt Romney Would Be a Really, Really Bad President
32 posted on 02/07/2012 8:54:13 PM PST by Antoninus (Mitt Romney -- attempting to execute a hostile take-over of the Republican Party.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BillyBoy

Part of the problem is that Santorum lies about Newt’s record, though he just gets less press about it since he can’t afford the ads. As a result, it depresses turnout, and since Santorum doesn’t have much to offer, he doesn’t always gain any benefits.

Newt has to win, because, honestly, Santorum is an empty suit. A Romney vs Santorum would be pretty tedious, and I doubt Santorum would handle his own medicine from Romney, especially when Romney has more money.

Santorum is a bottom feeder. He should drop, as he’ll interfere in the real important states.


33 posted on 02/07/2012 8:54:27 PM PST by Apollo5600
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Yeah but this doesn’t count for anything Romney is still the big winner, yada, yada, yada. Has anyone noticed how many times the words non-binding are used in the headlines? If Romney had won what would the headlines be?


34 posted on 02/07/2012 8:56:00 PM PST by itsahoot (I will Vote for Palin, even if I have to write her in.(Recycled Tagline))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Hey GOP elite ... are you listening?????????

Outstanding evening for Conservatism!!!!!


35 posted on 02/07/2012 8:56:41 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

wow, and I was constantly writing Santorum off as a good candidate but no chance to win. I was wrong, very wrong.


36 posted on 02/07/2012 8:56:46 PM PST by Cronos (Party like it's 12 20, 2012)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Logical me

“Romney just browned his pants.”

You mean his magic underwear.


37 posted on 02/07/2012 8:59:25 PM PST by garjog (If not Newt, who?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: doc1019

“Only Presidential candidate to ever receive money from me. Wish him the best.”

That makes three of us (my husband and I donated to Santorum last week).
“President Santorum” sounds so lovely and hopeful.


38 posted on 02/07/2012 9:00:20 PM PST by EverOnward
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

My first choice is Gingrich and my second is Santorum.
I am very happy Santorum has done so well tonight, if for no other reason than to smack Romney in that condescending smug face of his.


39 posted on 02/07/2012 9:01:36 PM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ConservativeDude
CD, I have had the same thought progression.

Mitt is...um...Mitt, and

Gingrich is something of a dissolute slob (not electable in today's glam election settings.)

No candidate is perfect, and Santorum has some flaws. But nothing comparable to Romney Care or Gingrich's lack of sustained focus, sustained allegiance to principle, and sustained allegiance to spouse.

I'll vote for whomever gets the GOP nomination (NO THIRD PARTY SPOILER!), but I believe that Santorum is our best candidate.

.

40 posted on 02/07/2012 9:03:46 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind; writer33

I think this is pretty awesome

Is Mitts beeber stuned?


41 posted on 02/07/2012 9:04:04 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vigilanteman

Colorado: Santorum 42, Romney 30, Gingrich 15, Paul 12 (30% counted)


42 posted on 02/07/2012 9:04:16 PM PST by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Antoninus

43 posted on 02/07/2012 9:04:25 PM PST by RasterMaster ("Towering genius disdains a beaten path." - Abraham Lincoln)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: no dems

If Santorum won Colorado, I mean East Utah, it was hugh and series


44 posted on 02/07/2012 9:05:30 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

OK, so perhaps Santorum and Newt should join forces. Make one or the other VP. Anything to stop Romney.

Willard gives me the Willies!


45 posted on 02/07/2012 9:06:37 PM PST by garjog (If not Newt, who?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ez

Results posted as they come in:

Missouri: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/elections/2012/missouri-primary-feb-7 (looks like Santorum is going carry every county in this state)

Minnesota: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/elections/2012/minnesota-caucuses-feb-7

Colorado: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/elections/2012/colorado-caucuses-feb-7


46 posted on 02/07/2012 9:06:39 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Vigilanteman

None of these states are awarding delegates yet I think


47 posted on 02/07/2012 9:06:42 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

Big, actually very big winner tonight...Rick Santorum.
Losers tonight...Romney & Gingrich.
Paul....that is a story all by itself. He is immaterial.


48 posted on 02/07/2012 9:06:50 PM PST by entropy12 (Islam is intolerant of every other religion. Western countries are finally learning this.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cronos

“Santorum, of the conservatives remaining, is the one with the least baggage in terms of abandoning conservatism at times over his career” - Rush Limbaugh, 02/07/2012

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2012/02/07/santorum_is_sneaking_up


49 posted on 02/07/2012 9:07:06 PM PST by RasterMaster ("Towering genius disdains a beaten path." - Abraham Lincoln)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: All

50 posted on 02/07/2012 9:09:10 PM PST by RasterMaster ("Towering genius disdains a beaten path." - Abraham Lincoln)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 49 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-147 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson