Santorum Success in Feb. 7 Caucus

Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum proved to be a triple-threat this Tuesday, as he won the Caucus in Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado.  The New York Times reported this victory for Santorum as a major success, and a chance for “a second look from voters who had once dismissed him.”

For other candidates, the unexpected competition from Santorum has lead to accusations against him.  The Washington Times stated that “the Romney campaign turned its fire this week, accusing Mr. Santorum of supporting earmarks while serving as a senator of Pennsylvania.”

With Mitt Romney still leading the Republican Party, Newt Gingrich’s campaign is the most endangered by Santorum’s surge.  While Santorum was giving speeches and collecting votes, Gingrich chose to sit out on the trio of caucuses Tuesday.

Santorum agrues his goals are bigger than taking Newt Gingrich’s spot as the republican alternative to Romney.  In a Chicago Tribune article, Santorum is quoted during his speech to caucus voters: “‘Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t stand here to claim to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. I stand here to be the conservative alternative to Barack Obama,’ Santorum said.”

The next important date for Republican candidates is Feb. 22, when they will participate in a debate, followed Feb. 28, when Arizona and Michigan hold primaries.  A full calendar of schedule and results is listed by the United Press International.

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