Santorum sweeps votes, Romney falls hard

Rick Santorum addressed his supporters in St. Charles, Mo.

Republican candidate Rick Santorum won the Missouri primary and Minnesota and Colorado caucuses in Tuesday’s state elections, despite prior speculation that opposing Republican candidate Mitt Romney would have taken the lead. Santorum’s candidacy was all but dismissed just a few days beforehand, according to this New York Times article, causing great deliberation as to how these wins will affect his running against his fellow party candidates, Romney and Newt Gingrich.

“Conservatism is alive and well…” said Santorum, the former Senator of Pennsylvania, at a rally in St. Charles, Mo., the state in which he won over every single county. “Tonight was a victory for the voices of our party, conservatives and Tea Party people.”

Mitt Romney took a serious beating, as the numbers in his support fell far by the way side in comparison to Santorum, who swept the elections in what The Daily Beast called “a beauty pageant” of a show. The former Massachusetts governor, who had won Colorado (by 60 percent) and Missouri in the 2008 caucus, lost by drastic numbers to Santorum in both states on Tuesday, exacerbating the blow to his campaign in which he considers himself the strongest Republican candidate.

Gingrich struggled hard against Santorum, where he failed to even make the primary ballot.

“Romney is still in the best position to win the nomination, purely because he is the best equipped for a drawn out primary that requires organization and money. He can outlast Santorum, and former House speaker Newt Gingrich,” according to this Huffington Post article.

Santorum Wins 3 State Caucuses

Rick Santorum, a Republican presidential hopeful, swept three Republican caucuses yesterday leading many to rethink who the top Republican candidate will be. Santorum won the caucuses in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri.

According to a CNN article Santorum won Colorado with 40 percent of the vote. Republican front-runner Mitt Romney was a close second with 35 percent of the vote. Newt Gingrich fell behind with 13 percent and Ron Paul followed closely with 12 percent.

The Chicago Tribune reported that there was a low turnout in Missouri because the candidates spent little time campaigning in the state. Despite the low turnout rate Santorum won the state caucus with 55 percent of the vote.

What does this mean for Romney? He is entering the upcoming primaries and caucuses with better finances than his opponents, but “his front-runner’s label appears to have lost its shine,” reported The New York Times. Voters and political analysts will have to wait and see what the next round of caucuses reveal. The upcoming presidential election is shaping up to be a tough fight.