Rick Santorum made a clean sweep Tuesday, after the Missouri caucus became his third consecutive win in GOP race against supposed front-runner Mitt Romney. His victories in Minnesota and Colorado were topped off by a win that is sure to energize his campaign, making him a strong contender to run against President Obama.
According to Fox News, Romney is still ahead in the delegate count, despite his big night, but the game has clearly shifted dramatically. Not only has Santorum has regained momentum, but he has added a twist to the GOP race which many thought was a two-man contest between Romney and Gingrich. According to the New York Times, this is a great setback for Romney’s campaign, “The triple result amounted to a stinging denial of Mr. Romney’s candidacy from three states where Republicanism is defined by the evangelicals and Tea Party adherents.”
Santorum celebrated with supporters in St. Louis, ensuring the crowd that he did not intend to defeat Romney, “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.” The battle for the GOP nomination will head to Maine and all eyes will be on the candidates to determine if Santorum’s winning streak will continue, or if Gingrich and Romney will reclaim their lead.