Rick Santorum Sweeps Non-Binding Minnesota, Missouri & Colorado Primaries

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Newt, Republicans, Romney, Santorum

Yes, you read that right. Another day, another crazy outcome in the GOP primary season. Well, actually 3 crazy outcomes.

Here’s the lowdown from Politico:

Rick Santorum dealt an embarrassing setback to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign Tuesday night, sweeping non-binding contests across three states and raising new questions about conservatives’ willingness to accept Romney as their nominee.
Santorum beat Romney handily in the Missouri primary and Minnesota caucuses, and well after midnight on the East Coast he was also declared the winner of Colorado’s caucuses. He defeated Romney by 30 percentage points in Missouri, 55 percent to 25 percent; in Minnesota, Santorum took 45 percent to Ron Paul’s 27 percent and Romney’s 17 percent.

The margin in Colorado was the closest of the three contests — Santorum led by 5 points with 100 percent of precincts in. But that defeat may have stung the most for Romney, who led polling in the Western state, where his Mormon faith was expected to be an asset.

So if these are non-binding…what’s happening to the delegates? Apparently the GOP thought this contest would be over because party leaders will decide in two of the states…which doesn’t really seem fair, does it?

Here’s more…

All three primaries and caucuses are largely symbolic and no delegates were awarded Tuesday night. Colorado and Minnesota Republicans will apportion their delegates in subsequent party meetings, while Missouri will hold an entirely new, nonbinding caucus process next month.

At this point, Rick Santorum has now won more primary contests than Mitt Romney. And the fact that he won 3 in one night is pretty amazing.

Also, Romney actually came in third in Minnesota. Ron Paul was second with 27%.

Has this race been blown wide open?

More as it develops…


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4 Responses to “Rick Santorum Sweeps Non-Binding Minnesota, Missouri & Colorado Primaries”

  1. mdgeorge Says:

    How much does all of this matter? It’s becoming more clear that Romney has very weak support from his base, whereas Santorum will have a very difficult time reaching out to Democrats and independents with his focus on socially conservative policies. How likely do you all think Obama is to lose?

  2. cranky critter Says:

    The varying nature of each of these contests makes it hard for most folks to figure. Is it a caucus? Or is it a primary? Is it binding? Is it an open primary or a closed primary? Who the hell voted here? IMO, the best representation is when there’s an open and binding primary, because that shows who the genpub prefers.

    Maybe caucuses “matter” when they hand out chips. But if they represent inside ballplayer preferences and not how the state feels, they’re not that meaningful unless they have combined swaying weight on delegate count.

  3. mw Says:

    “Apparently the GOP thought this contest would be over because party leaders will decide in two of the states…which doesn’t really seem fair, does it?”

    Certainly Not. It’s about as fair as the role of Superdelegates in the Dem process in 2008. Some things don’t change. These are both political parties with an established leadership and that leadership wants a disproportionate say in the selection of their nominee. For the good of the party of course.

    This GOP primary race is a complete mystery. I never expected we would get this far into the primary schedule without Romney emerging as the clear nominee. I still think he is the only credible nominee of the final four and that makes him the probable nominee, but maybe – just maybe – it is not a forgone conclusion that he is the inevitable nominee. Very few delegates have been allocated. Perhaps there is still time for someone new to come out of the woodwork and steal this thing.

    In any case, the longer this stays competitive, the more opportunity Ron Paul has to collect delegates, and the more delegates he collects, the bigger impact he’ll have on the shape and platform of the Republican Party. That’s a good thing. I’d love to see him go the convention with enough delegates to act as kingmaker in a brokered convention. No way the Party establishment would let that happen, but it would be great.

    This is a lot more entertaining than I thought it would be.

    Pass the popcorn.

  4. Angela Says:

    Heres the popcorn. Want a beer to chase it down?

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