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Santorum sweeps GOP contests in Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum showed his campaign still has life by sweeping Tuesday’s GOP contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado.

In Minnesota, Santorum captured 45 percent of the vote, with Rep. Ron Paul in second at 27 percent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney a distant third with 17 percent. In Missouri, Santorum won 55 percent of the vote to Romney’s 25 percent. In the Colorado caucuses, Santorum beat Romney by five points.

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In his victory speech in Missouri, Santorum declared, “Conservatism is alive and well in Missouri and Minnesota,” and took a dig at Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney.

“Your votes today were not just heard loud and wide across the state of Missouri and Minnesota, but they were heard loud and louder all across this country, and particularly in a place that I suspect may be in Massachusetts they were heard particularly loud tonight,” Santorum said.

He added that he is not the conservative alternative to Romney, but the “conservative alternative to Barack Obama.”

Jerame Davis, executive director of the National Stonewall Democrats, said Santorum’s wins are evidence the “non-Romney wing” of the GOP is still the dominant force in the party and “yet more proof that Republicans can’t stand Mitt Romney.”

“Conservative Republicans may love Rick Santorum’s unwavering sanctimony and seething anti-intellectualism, but his narrow, regressive brand of politics will turn off independents and even many moderate Republicans,” Davis said.

R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, dismissed Santorum’s wins because he said the candidate can’t unify the Republican Party.

“As former RNC chairman Gov. Haley Barbour has observed, ‘purity is the enemy of victory,’” Cooper said “The ability to secure the vote of the general electorate is necessary to succeeding as the Republican nominee. The divisive Rick Santorum is not capable of winning a general election and will not be the Republican nominee.”

The wins for Santorum in Minnesota and Missouri are largely symbolic. Missouri isn’t awarding any delegates at the Republican National Convention. Minnesota and Colorado will award their delegates at a later date.

Still, Santorum’s victory is sure to be a thorn in the side of frontrunner Romney, who last week seemed poised to claim the Republican nomination after his victory in the Nevada caucuses. Observers say Tuesday’s results raise questions about whether Romney can close the deal and win the Republican nomination.

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25 more reader comments:

  1. is this what our country is coming to? run an election campaign of hate and you will prevail? OMG I hope not!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:23am
  2. Dumb-ass Repukes vote for the SANITARIUM candidate.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:24am
  3. He’s a nutbag

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:25am
  4. With every Republican being bigoted, hateful, homophobic, and just down home psychotic, I’m scared.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:27am
  5. 3 states I’ll remember not to ever visit !

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:32am
  6. The sad part is that what they call values is the same mechanism employed by dictators. It’s my way or no way, beware of this nutjob!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:37am
  7. Yay! People, Obama will have a 100% chance of winning if anyone but Romney gets candidacy. Be excited about this!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7:56am
  8. If this asshole gets in, screw America, I’m going to Canada.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:04am
  9. The man is an ass…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:07am
  10. Why is he still in the race? He is trailing MISERABLY. The fact these ppl gave this homophobe the glory of winning in their states is just unimaginable to say the least #confused…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:18am
  11. He really surged from behind, you could say.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:32am
  12. Im in Colorado..and am ashamed

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 8:33am
  13. A wolf in wheels clothing. Somebody better look for a 666 tattoo on his scalp!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 9:15am
  14. *sheeps

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 9:16am
  15. @Anthony Hall-I completely agree with you! I was originally very disheartened at the news, especially learning that my state was one of the “offenders”, but then I thought to myself, “go ahead-let the bigot get the republican nomination because then my man Obama will have no problem staying right where he belongs!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 9:19am
  16. Scary……

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 9:40am
  17. This ass-whole really is a piece of work….especially if you have seen or listened to the many “small-town” interviews he has given (which for some reason are Not talked about in mainstream media) where his comments are just soaked in bigotry and pure hate. Funny, how in the mainstream press he does say some very offensive things but he takes it to an increasingly outrageous level on these small town radio interviews. I do not believe in having a bigot or racist as my president! I also am in NO way okay with ANY political person or lawmaker who is “supposed” to be governing and/or making laws for our country as a whole and/or individual states and/or cities governing or making laws based on that individual’s personal FAITH or belief system! To do so is a Complete and total miscarriage of justice and is (by our laws) completely UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 9:44am
  18. what are they crazy people voting for this %$@#%&$^$$&(!!!!????

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 9:52am
  19. If ANY of these Republicans currently running, actually did make it to become the President…I shutter to think…but I actually would leave the U.S.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 9:54am
  20. I do not want a theocracy where reasoning and science are put on the backburner to fundamentalist Christian notions. I don’t want a community that willfully excludes and punishes people for their sexuality or for being Atheist or birth control using or poor. This man is HORRIBLE. Totally baffled by any support he receives. Do we really have this many loonies among us?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 9:56am
  21. Sara, I couldn’t agree more! And the scary thing is apparently, yes, we have a country made up of way tooo many crazy, irrational and hateful people-which is sad. At least we have a lot of great people too, so hopefully we are the majority. lol.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 10:08am
  22. wtf

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 10:46am
  23. @ Silver-right on!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 11:27am
  24. …it sickens me to live in the state of Missouri anymore….im moving

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 11:30am
  25. Oh no !!, its the angry church guy lol.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 11:46am