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Triple Victory for Santorum Again Upends GOP Presidential Race

The Washington Post 2/8/12 – Addressing supporters in Denver on Tuesday night, Romney congratulated Santorum and insisted that he still expects to eventually become the nominee.

“We’re going to take our message of liberty and prosperity to every corner of the country, and when this primary season is over, we’re going to stand united as a party behind our nominee to defeat Barack Obama,” Romney said.

Rick Santorum swept all three GOP contests on Tuesday, declaring himself “the conservative alternative to Barack Obama” and setting up a fight for the Republican Party’s conservative base.

Paul, who has yet to secure a win in the 2012 sweepstakes, mobilized his loyal support networks in the three states and was banking on low turnout in the nonbinding contests to give him a win. But he finished third in Missouri and was trailing in Colorado.

Gingrich did not compete in Missouri and spent limited time in Colorado and Minnesota. He looked past Tuesday’s contests and instead campaigned in Ohio, one of several delegate-rich states voting on Super Tuesday.

Together, the three states voting Tuesday will eventually award 128 delegates. But Missouri was a “beauty contest” with no delegates at stake, while Minnesota and Colorado were nonbinding events with delegates to be chosen this spring.

At stake Tuesday night was the prestige of winning. And Santorum nailed down three upsets to restore an air of viability to his candidacy.

By defeating Romney, Santorum believes, he can reset the race and help create the perception that he, and not Gingrich, is the conservative alternative to the establishment front-runner.

“Conservatism is alive and well,” Santorum told supporters at his election night party in Missouri. “I don’t stand here and claim to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. I stand here to be the conservative alternative to Barack Obama.”

Recognizing the Santorum threat, Romney and his supporters attacked the former senator the past few days over his support for congressional earmarks. Romney shifted his efforts in recent days to Colorado, where he has a deeper ground organization and won the 2008 caucuses with 60 percent of the vote.

The Minnesota and Missouri contests were early barometers of Romney’s support in some of the key Midwestern states he would need to win in a general election against President Obama. And Colorado is thought of as a critical battleground; Obama’s campaign advisers consider it a must-win.

The candidates spent considerably less money and time in these three states than in the contests that preceded them in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and Nevada; now the race enters a February lull. After the Maine caucuses, which will end on Saturday, there are no primaries or caucuses until primaries on Feb. 28 in Arizona and Michigan, two states that will generate intense engagement from all the candidates. Romney, in particular, is planning to compete aggressively in both.

Romney officials labored to preserve an aura of inevitability around his campaign, releasing a strategy memorandum Tuesday promoting the former Massachusetts governor’s financial and organizational advantage over the long haul.

“Mitt Romney is the only candidate with the organizational strength and broad-based appeal to secure delegates in all remaining primaries and caucuses,” national political director Rich Beeson wrote. “Of course, there is no way for any nominee to win first place in every single contest — John McCain lost 19 states in 2008, and we expect our opponents to notch a few wins too.”

 

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Bonnie
4 years 7 months ago

Romney is a RINO who will give us the same as Obama. I keep hearing its better for us to have Romney than Obama but I do not believe he can beat Obama that is why the Democrats want Romney to be our choice .I was for Gingrich but after searching my heart I can only see Santorum as the candidate that comes closest to having the same values that I have. We must win this election or our country is doomed . Obama wants to bring this country down and is well on his way to doing it. I do not believe we can survive 4 more years of Obama and his Socialistic/Communistic plans.

Dale
4 years 7 months ago

Santorum is my second choice (Gingrich is my first). I can live with either one of them. But I think the reason he is surging ahead is that he didn’t resort to “mud-slinging” like Gingrich and Romney. I think if Gingrich hadn’t responded in kind to Romney, he might be on top now. A couple of weeks ago, Romney was on top, and all the talk-show hosts acted like he had it “In the bag”. It’s like calling the winner of a football game in the first 15 minutes of the first quarter.
It’s a long time to August and we’ll see candidates rise to the top and fall. I’m just sorry that we lost some very good
candidates due to lies and smearing. Let’s not act like Democrats. Let’s act like the Republicans that have much higher standards!

Fred R La Count Jr.
4 years 7 months ago

I am tired of moderates dominating the Republican Party. The moderates in the RNC smeared Sarah Pallin and continue to divide the party. Who does that hurt. Its time we conservatives remain vigilant and determined to take our party back, let alone our country.

Dittos to Ragusa and Sanders!!

JimM
4 years 7 months ago
We need to understand that its going to take a concentrated and massive effort, support and contributions to have a chance to beat Obama 2012. We should also concentrate our efforts, support and contributions to the election of new or returning Representatives and Senators so that Republicans will have a MAJORITY in both houses of congress. In the worse case scenario [Obama getting reelected in 2012], having both houses owned by Republicans can better assure that Obama’s plans to redo everything we believe in are cut off at the start. Best case scenario is where the Pres., VP, House and Senate are Republicans. Its vital that we stay focused and do all we can to make this happen. On election day this will pay off. Calling and assisting voters to the polls in November is paramount to our winning the 2012 contest[s]. Its not to early to start this overall… Read more »
Jacquie Doty
4 years 7 months ago

Santorum cannot win over with the power of the Obama machine against him. In truth, I don’t think any GOP candidate can overcome the odds of a biased media plus an inexhaustible supply of money that will be backing Obama.
Perhaps we conservatives should all prepare for how we will survive the irreversible, Marxist takeover of this once great Country. Perhaps by becoming ex-pats, or guerilla tactics. No matter, we will likely find many of us in some form of concentration camps should we step out of line.
I am without hope for my children and grandchildren’s futures.

Liz
4 years 7 months ago

Instead of giving up (way too early by the way) you should be rallying anyone you can to back whoever the candidate turns out to be…ANY OF THEM ARE BETTER THAN OBAMA! It’s by giving up that we will lose our country. We need to stick together and get to work. It is a large force that we are fighting, but WE CAN WIN. AS LONG AS WE DON,T GIVE UP!!!

TexasJim
4 years 7 months ago
The Pennsylvania senator hardly qualifies as a conservative. Mr. Santorum has not offered up a plan to balance the budget. In fact, the tax plan the he has offered actually INCREASES the deficit. Much like Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, Mr. Santorum offers no impactful cuts and most of his proposals do not attack the core of the spending problem in Washington. He voted to double the size of the department of education when he was in the Senate. Santorum’s rhetoric on the campaign trail claims that he has strong moral values. This theme does not match the reality of the way he lives his life. He labels himself as a “cause guy.” Rick Santorum’s own Nephew does not support his candidacy for President. John Garver, Santorum’s nephew, exposed his Uncle’s true character in an opinion article published by the Daily Caller prior to the Iowa caucus. I”m voting for… Read more »
J. Fred Ragusa
4 years 7 months ago
The election of 2012 to seat our president for the next four years has as much to do with continuity of our nation’s retention of liberty and freedom as did the war for independence. There is no middle ground – we remove Obama or we lose our God given values based on Judeo-Christian principals that guarantee liberty and justice for all. A recent president once said, “Ask not what the country can do for you, but what can you do for your country.” The bible is clear to describe that man has a choice – to choose life or death as the place we will spend eternity. That choice is made from our God given conscious. So will our choice be made to retain that which our young men and women laid down their lives to protect for future generations or to replace it with the individual bondage of a… Read more »
Sal Sanders
4 years 7 months ago

We like Santorum. A
real Superman, he is, straightforward, extremely competent and strongly
qualified to lead our Nation out of its current quagmire.
Romney has spent billions to buy the nomination, his constant ad
hominem attacks have turned me off and hurt and scandalized the
Republican Party. He is a known waffler, hard to trust. The Dems and
liberals prefer him because they know he can’t beat Obama.
Santorum, unlike Romney, is not a mud slinger. Rather, he tells you
what he’s “gonna do” and does what he says. He can rally the vote and
beat Obama. Let’s get behind this guy.
Obama’s “change,” has not been for the better– –but for the worse.
Wake up America. Our Eagle is being hijacked; let’s get our Eagle back.
This is a job for Santorum, the real Superman.

Sal Sanders
4 years 7 months ago

We like Santorum. A real Superman, he is, straightforward, extremely competent and strongly qualified to lead our Nation out of its current quagmire.
Romney has spent billions to buy the nomination, his constant ad hominem attacks have turned me off and hurt and scandalized the Republican Party. He is a known waffler, hard to trust. The Dems and liberals prefer him because they know he can’t beat Obama.
Santorum, unlike Romney, is not a mud slinger. Rather, he tells you what he’s “gonna do” and does what he says. He can rally the vote and beat Obama. Let’s get behind this guy.
Obama’s “change,” has not been for the better– –but for the worse. Wake up America. Our Eagle is being hijacked; let’s get our Eagle back.
This is a job for Santorum, the real Superman.

MRavMac
4 years 7 months ago

I like the fact that Santorum has not resorted to mud slinging/lashon hara, and has been focusing on the issues that are important to me.

And his stewardship seems to follow what is important to me as well.

Patriot
4 years 7 months ago

Romney is the LEAST electable candidate. McCain beat him!

Obama beat McCain.

One definition of insanity is doing the same thing & expecting different results!

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