Santorum claims momentum after 3-state sweep
February 8th, 2012
07:45 AM ET
2 years ago

Santorum claims momentum after 3-state sweep

(CNN) - Rick Santorum awoke to a new reality Wednesday after sweeping all three Republican presidential contests a day earlier, reshaping the contest that will decide who runs against President Barack Obama in November.

Santorum won caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado, as well as a nonbinding primary in Missouri to energize his campaign and raise questions about front-runner Mitt Romney's ability to attract broad conservative support.

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  1. That guy

    Ooooh! Frothy boy is going to win the hick states. Impressive. Not.

    February 7, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  2. enuff

    Well that's a fine kettle of fish. I guess Romney didn't have everything as sewn up as he thought.

    February 7, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  3. Art Vandolay

    Rick Santorum? Have you googled this guy's name? Who is voting for this extreme right wing moron? He has 0 chance to be president. Winning a caucus + 0.99 will allow you to buy a song on Itunes. Republican party oughta forfeit this one to Obama and move onto planning for 2016. -Art

    February 7, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  4. marieee

    Why don't these clowns stop attacking our president and tell us how they will fix things? Maybe because they have no solutions, they just want the job to finish destroying our country since they started this whole mess. I hope we are not dumb enough to give that power back to the party that failed us so badly.

    February 7, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  5. 12genamerican

    I may not agree with Santorum but at least he lives his religion. That is more then I can say for love-em and leave-em Newt.

    February 7, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  6. Bill

    This is a disaster for the GOP. Rick Santorum has ZERO chance of winning against Obama. Somewhere, the Obama Administration is laughing and jumps for joy. The last couple of months show the true hard line, uncompromising side of the Republican party. They went from Newt Gingrich and now to Rick Santorum....just to derail Mitt Romney. What they don't realize, or perhaps they do but don't care, is that their right-wing bunch of the GOP WILL NOT have enough votes to beat Obama. The Independents voting block will decide this election. While Rick Santorum is a decent man, more than Newt ever was or could ever be, he does not have the support of the Independents. He's too religious and spent his entire career in Washington. It's a travesty....If he's the nominee to represent the GOP, it'll be a landslide victory for Obama. The Republican Party has somehow manage to defeats themselves, again.

    February 7, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  7. truindep

    the midwest loves \Santorum

    February 7, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  8. CoJo

    amazing, Pennsylvania didn't want his as a senator, but these states wond him for presedent? Maybe those stay should have asked why Pennsylvania was fired!!! Maybe Santorum out to move to Minnesota

    February 7, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  9. CoJo

    wasn't Santorum in office when AIG, Goldmansachs were bailed out? Wasn't he part of the republicans that did all that bailing out out? Wasn't HE in office when those companies bet against YOUR home and YOUR retirement funds?!?!/

    February 7, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  10. Squigman

    Seem as though the whole country's went completely bat guano.

    February 7, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  11. Pedron

    Thanks God!! American are realizing their freedoms are under siege!! Go get them Santorum

    February 8, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  12. Peter

    Wow, well done Rick....reshaping the GOP race

    February 8, 2012 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  13. Name

    Rick resurgent proved that there are Republics who are still unclear about Mitt's front- runner inevitability. This Rick's victory leave the field wide open for all candidates to keep at it until the nomination is sealed by the more seasoned candidate who is ready enough to contest against the well- ploted Chicago's political machine. This not the time for GOP voters to kowtow to a particular candidate because of their money power.
    Let the voters try to vet these candidates with stringent of measures to ensure the right candidate is selected comes this Fall to make a sharpe contract between the Obama and GOP policy position

    February 8, 2012 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  14. Jack

    The Republican establishment is imploding before our very eyes. It doesn't matter who wins their nomination. Newt, Mitt or Rick will lose to Obama/Biden in 2012 and take down Repubublican congressional and senatorial candidates with them.

    Thank your nutty tea party friends for that Republicans.

    February 8, 2012 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  15. Marie MD

    Wow! All of 70 delegates from states where, it seems, most people stayed home and didn't care. If this is any indication of what is going to happen until they chose their right wing clown good luck in November!
    Stay with the hate, lies and telling everyone what your religious beliefs are. Stay the course to oblivion.

    February 8, 2012 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  16. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Santorum sweep changes GOP presidential race◄
    So I guess the other loser will have to fall behind him and now more ATTACKS will be in his face!!

    What a MESS these candidates are in. Too bad is all for a NULL ending!!

    Obama 2012!

    February 8, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  17. ct

    Doesnt matter, this clown will get crushed by obama...

    February 8, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  18. s

    these are church Freak states, so they don't even matter

    February 8, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  19. Anonymous

    The GOBP collapse into irrelevancy continues. Can't wait to hear the Robot's mini-robot supporters crying into their robot milk and cornflakes this morning.

    February 8, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  20. Tony

    Does this mean Santorum is the new frontrunner? Where did Romney's inevitability go?

    February 8, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    I guess the Dugger family won MO for him. Now we know the real reason why Santorum opposes contraception: it gives him a shot in the caucus and non-binding primary states.

    February 8, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  22. Tony

    As of right now, Santorum has won more states than the putatively inevitable Republican nominee. How can Romney lose to a guy who lost his Senate seat by 17 points in 2006?

    February 8, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  23. American

    The American voters apparently were not into Romney's inauthenticity last night...3 for 3. Wow, congrats to Santorum.

    February 8, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  24. B

    The look on Mitt Romney's face last night was priceless.

    February 8, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  25. Thomas

    Rick Santorum = Catholic

    Mitt Romney = Mormon

    conservative religious wars

    February 8, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
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