Posted by: Shawn_the_Writer | February 8, 2012

Rick Santorum Wins All Three States!

Rick Santorum‘s hard work has paid off tonight.  Early on Missouri went to the former senator, with Minnesota not far behind.  Just recently, the GOP Chairman of Colorado has declared Santorum the winner.  Giving him all three states that voted today.

In the weeks leading up to the caucus’ and primary.  The polls had him trailing by double digits in Colorado, a small percentage gain in Minnesota and a sure victory in Missouri.  The night before, new polling came out giving Santorum a nice surge in Minnesota, and a small gap closer in Colorado.

To surprise of everyone except his supporters, Mr. Santorum took all of the counties in Missouri, which gave him over 130,000 votes and a huge lead against Romney.  In Minnesota he took the majority, with Ron Paul taking some, and again Romney received none.  Back in 2008, Romney took about 64 of the Minnesota counties.

The real surprise of the night came out of Colorado, a state that Mitt Romney had led Rick Santorum by double digits in.  When the precincts started reporting, the first candidate to jump in the lead was Santorum, and he would hold that lead for a little longer until Denver County gave Romney enough to bump ahead of Rick.  From that point they were neck and neck, but suddenly, Rick started to gain speed again, and this time he would not be stopped.

For a good while it felt like it was going to be Iowa all over again.  But within mere minutes of Rick taking the lead back, the Colorado state GOP Chairman went on the record with CNN and reported that Rick Santorum had won the Colorado caucus.

These wins are a huge game changer, after the landslide wins by Romney in Nevada and Florida.  The cloak of invincibility that Romney had after his wins has been ripped to shreds after Rick Santorums victories tonight.

Santorum had said previously that the states after Nevada would be the true test since candidates like Ron Paul and Mitt Romney had not taken their campaigns to those states as much as the first ones.  Romney didn’t even go to Minnesota or Missouri.  While Rick went to all three states twice in a matter of days, working hard for votes.

Ron Paul even beat Mitt in Minnesota, by 10%.  That is huge for Paul who, previous to tonight, had not beaten the former governor.

For Newt Gingrich, the night wasn’t so good.  He wasn’t on the ballot for Missouri, he ended up in dead last Minnesota with only 11%, and barely beat Ron Paul out for third in Colorado.  Also, he was not seen from at all tonight.  He was not on any news station and he did not give a speech, as he has done in all of the other contests.  I am starting to wonder if Gingrich is considering quitting, or he didn’t feel the need to speak tonight.

Also, even though Missouri is non-binding, or as the pundits called it; a ‘beauty pageant’.  Those 130,000+ votes are definitely going to mean something when they come back out in March and vote to give out their delegates.  Just because there were no delegates given, does not mean that Missouri means nothing tonight.

Something else to ponder.  Minnesota, Missouri and Iowa are part of the group of eight swing states that are important in the general election.  Romney is now 0 – 3 in the midwest / the swing states.  That will certainly mean something as we move on.

It will be interesting to see how Rick Santorums big night affects the upcoming primaries and caucus’ as we march onward toward the nomination and the election.  He has definitely made his mark and shown that he is viable.

To see all of the results, here are links to each state:

Minnesota – Minnesota Primary Results

Missouri – Missouri Primary Results

Colorado – Colorado Caucus Results

Here is a link to the video of Rick’s victory speech after winning the majority in Minnesota and Missouri – Rick Santorum Victory Speech

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