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.