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Santorum wins GOP primaries in Alabama, Mississippi

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum scored two wins in the GOP primaries on Tuesday by adding Alabama and Mississippi to his column after prevailing in Kansas over the weekend.

The former U.S. senator, who’s known for his strong opposition to same-sex marriage and other anti-gay views, edged out his competitors in the most recent contests — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and libertarian Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

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In Alabama, Santorum won 35 percent of the vote with 98 percent of precincts reporting. Gingrich and Romney were tied with 29 percent of the vote.

In Mississippi, with 99 percent of precincts reporting, Santorum captured 33 percent of the vote, while Gingrich had 31 percent and Romney had 30 percent. Hawaii also held a contest on Tuesday; Romney won there with 45 percent of the vote to Santorum’s 25 percent and Gingrich’s 11.

Speaking at his campaign headquarters at Lafayette, La., Tuesday night, Santorum told supporters, “We did it again.”

“The most common thing I heard from people — and I know I’m not alone — is people come up and say, ‘I’m praying for you,’” Santorum said. “I just want to thank you for that. I want to thank God for giving us the strength everyday to go out there and to be clear in our message and our vision for this country.”

Santorum said the “best chance” for Republicans to win the November election is to nominate a conservative — likely a reference to Romney, who’s viewed as a more moderate candidate — and said he expects to have “a huge win” in the Louisiana primary, which will have its contest on March 24.

Hastings Wyman, who’s gay and editor of the Southern Political Report, said the results on Tuesday give Santorum “a big boost” — mostly because they show Santorum’s competitor as the anti-Romney alternative, Gingrich, has run out of steam.

“It sends a strong message to Gingrich that it’s time he got out,” Wyman said. “I don’t know whether he will or not, but if he can’t win those two states, there’s nowhere else he can win really.”

Although Romney has amassed more delegates leading up to the convention than either Santorum or Gingrich, Wyman said Santorum’s wins show he continues to have strength and could give Romney a run for his money for the Republican presidential nomination.

“I think Santorum is going to give Romney a strong race,” Wyman said. “He’s more youthful. The polls show he does very well with women, and think that’s because they find him personally attractive. I don’t mean some sort of sexually way, or anything like that. It’s just he’s young and handsome and they kind of like him. Romney’s too aloof, Gingrich is too cerebral, Paul is kind of the class nerd. I think Santorum comes across as somebody they really like.”

The candidate’s wins on Tuesday build off of his win on Saturday in the Kansas caucuses. Santorum won a majority of the vote in the state, while Romney came in a distant second with 20.9 percent of the vote.

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45 more reader comments:

  1. Two shit states voted for diarrhea man. Ugh.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:41am
  2. I hope he becomes the front runner! He will never be elected.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:41am
  3. oh joy. : – /

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:41am
  4. Chilling.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:42am
  5. He is the modern day grand wizard of the KKK! like it was a big surprise that this guy won in these 2 states !! SMH :/

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:43am
  6. vomitus

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:43am
  7. Yeah if by some random atrocity he is elected I’m leaving the country… First politician I’m actually afraid of.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:43am
  8. Rick Santorum is the BIGGEST threat to civil rights out of all of the Republican primary hopefuls.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:43am
  9. @Michael: I’m from Alabama, dude. Don’t hate the state, hate the idiots I’m surrounded by. Fuck Santorum!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:44am
  10. Totally agree with Ed!!!! I hope he wins the Republican nomination-he has no chance of beating Obama!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:44am
  11. Well, there’s a real shocker!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:46am
  12. This guy is scary as hell, He will vilanize our government and our way of living real quick like, follow the trend, the ultra conservatives are behind him, what does that tell you. NOt happy with our current state of affairs, but this is not the alternative, spread the word!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:46am
  13. Don’t leave the country…if he gets elected we’re gonna need everyone around to fight this prick and get him out of office…but let’s hope it doesn’t come to that (and better than “hope”…fight to prevent it).

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:46am
  14. Ohhhh lets all Vote and Hope that Obama stays in office

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:47am
  15. IT sucks being here in Alabama

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:48am
  16. Lincoln made a huge mistake. He should have let the south go. They would be living in huts by now.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:48am
  17. My heart goes out to the decent people of these states who have to put up with the hate and bigotry of the ignorant.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:49am
  18. Sorry, the south made their own bed.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:50am
  19. Hey now, not everyone in the south is a Republican, and not every Republican voted for Santorum. : )

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:50am
  20. i wish that entire side of the country would disappear..

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:50am
  21. Why doesn’t anyone seem to bring up “why” he left Pennsylvania so quickly…can you say crook – embezzler of tax dollars….

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:51am
  22. This winner is a true loser!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:51am
  23. I’m from Alabama, I love my state but 99.9 % of the people here are just straight up DUMBASSES. As for Santorum, he can kiss my GAY ass.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:52am
  24. The north is not any better. This is my home and has been my ancestors home before America and Columbus.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:52am
  25. god help us all

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:53am
  26. To the liberals and other sane southerners, sorry for the slams. Unfortunately with the electoral college, your votes will be lost.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:54am
  27. Republicans have NO clue on life and what americans need, just whats good for them and big oil company’s

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:56am
  28. the south generalizes the north too, so it all evens out…but the true point is; why would ANYONE, ANYWHERE vote for this jesus-freak hack? christ is embarrassed somewhere.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:56am
  29. yeah, im not staying in this country if he’s elected, im not gonna do that to myself.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 8:57am
  30. There seems to be alot of hatred here, today!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 9:04am
  31. Yes, because all southerners are bigoted, stupid rednecks. The same that all yankees are rude, callous, and only interested in living off the hard work of others. And all gay men dance around in frilly dresses and talk with a lisp. And all lesbians are covered in tattoos, hate men and have a pack of smokes rolled in their sleeves.

    Oh wait…. this isn’t a stereotyping post? Oops. My bad. *eyeroll*

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 9:05am
  32. so what’s your point? LOL

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 9:07am
  33. For those saying “there’s no way he’ll win”, keep in mind that GW won his second term, in spite of all the crap he laid out during his first.
    There is a LARGE number of Rep. voters who blindly vote on party lines, no matter who’s running.
    If THIS shithead gets into office, don’t be surprised when concentration camps begin springing up throughout the country.
    Be afraid!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 9:12am
  34. Unfortunately there are enough ignorant people who will vote for him. I know my wife is less and less likely to even WANT to move home with me. No matter that we can’t. We are WAY better off here in Europe.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 9:29am
  35. I don’t keep up with politics. But this doesn’t sound too good :/

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 9:44am
  36. And remember that those kooks are inspired by Jesus to vote, while the rest of us count on the common sense of everyday, often lazy Americans to give enough of a crap to get off their butts and walk down to the polling station. Santorum can win because those crazies are energized to keep us in our place.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 9:46am
  37. You know the old internet meme?

    ‘Winning a fight over the internet is like winning a Gold Medal in the Special Olympics..
    Yes you might have won but in the end you’re still RETARDED.’

    It’s the same with him winning two ass backwards southern states.
    He’s still a worthless piece of shit, no matter how many people were dumb enough to vote for him.

    Also, I’m ‘sorry’ about the ‘language’ used in that meme, but that’s how it is and has always been.
    If you don’t like, it’s not my fault you’re easily offended by stupid things like a word that means ‘hindered’.
    Just because people have tried to make it a bad thing, doesn’t mean it is.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 9:49am
  38. Barf. Not shocking but totally disgusting. Where is a hurricane when you need one . .

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 10:15am
  39. Go figure, he wins where there’s gullible bible banging Red Necks.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 10:54am
  40. Why aren’t I suprised?

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 11:02am
  41. Brus, I am a republican and I can guarantee you I would NEVER vote for Santorum! I don’t know wtf is going on that he has won so many states, mine included, but like someone already said he can kiss my GAY ass:-P

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 12:47pm
  42. Heaven help us!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 12:57pm
  43. You are all Americans, and thankfully, we are allowed our opinions and the freedom to vote for whom we choose. I guess I am just overwhelmed by all the anger I am reading. As a “straight” person, I have never in my life said such mean things about anyone.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 2:48pm
  44. eh no surprise there

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 3:24pm
  45. 2012 WILL happen if he wins. Or Romney or Gingrich. Or even Paul.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 3:41pm