Santorum breaks Romney’s winning streak in last night’s primary

Santorum addresses supporters in St. Charles, Mo

 GOP candidate Rick Santorum  won Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado in Tuesday night’s Republican primary race. His margins of victory? 30 per cent, 18 per cent and 5 per cent, respectively, according to The Toronto Star.

The New York Times deemed the victories an “unexpected trifecta,” undermining previous front-runner candidate Mitt Romney’s ability to garner conservative support. Romney was just behind Santorum in yesterday’s primaries, winning second in Missouri, but receiving third in Minnesota, according to ABC News.

The loss for Romney came unexpected after winning both Minnesota and Colorado’s caucuses back in 2008. Until Santorum’s win last night, Romney was the GOP’s front-runner candidate taking wins in both Florida and Nevada in the past week.

In Minnesota the take to Santorum is likely linked to the state’s overall shift from progressive reform to ultra-conservatism, according to a source at the Huffington Post. If this trend prevails elsewhere, expectations will be looking down for Romney’s campaign.

While last night’s victories don’t hand over the GOP nomination to any of the candidates, they speak volumes about Santorum, who has failed to win support from the same states that  voted for him just a few years ago.

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