Kansas City, Missouri (CNN) – Mitt Romney lost the Alabama and Mississippi primaries to Rick Santorum on Tuesday, but he continued the long slog for delegates, which his campaign believes will eventually secure him the nomination.
Romney and his advisers played down the importance of winning both states in the hours before polls closed, and pointed instead to the proportionally awarded delegate totals Romney could add to his overall haul.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Rick Santorum will win Tuesday's Republican primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, CNN projects, giving a boost to his claim that he is the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney.
The projected wins were somewhat of a surprise. Polls released Monday showed Santorum running 8 to 10 points behind Romney and Newt Gingrich in Alabama and Mississippi.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Rick Santorum will win Tuesday’s Mississippi primary in the Republican presidential race, CNN projects.
(CNN) - Voters in four states cast ballot Tuesday for the Republican presidential nomination, with Rick Santorum winning the largest contests in Alabama and Mississippi. The four Republican presidential candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Sen. Santorum of Pennsylvania, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas battled for 110 total delegates in Alabama, Mississippi, Hawaii and American Samoa.
11:51 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Mothership is full of chatter that GOP headed for brokered convention. I'm not there yet.
11:50 p.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN: Newt adviser floats me idea of a Santorum-Gingrich ticket: "Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum would be a powerful team against Barack Obama."
11:48 p.m. ET - @stevebruskCNN: Latest CNN delegate estimate: Romney 480, Santorum 234, Gingrich 139, Paul 66
(CNN) - The Republican presidential candidates' campaigns were downplaying expectations as Alabama and Mississippi voted Tuesday - an indication of how tight the two primaries are and the importance of momentum on the long road to the GOP convention.
Polls released Monday showed a virtual dead heat between front-runner Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich with Rick Santorum running eight to 10 points behind.FULL STORY
Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) - Add a new joke to Jeff Foxworthy's stand-up routine. . . on the subject of Mitt Romney's invitation to go hunting.
Earlier in the day, Foxworthy appeared at Romney's side at a campaign event in Mobile, Alabama, where the blue-collar comedian threw his support behind the former Massachusetts governor.
Ocean Springs, Mississippi (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum called Sunday's shooting rampage in Afghanistan that resulted in the death of 16 civilians "obviously horrific" and "very tragic."
"The person that was involved obviously has to be brought to justice and brought to justice quickly," Santorum said.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney experienced a bump in the most recent poll of Republican voters in Mississippi, where ballots will be cast Tuesday.
The American Research Group survey released Monday showed Romney edged out Newt Gingrich, 34% to 32%, followed by Rick Santorum at 22% and Ron Paul at 8%. Romney's advantage is well within the poll's sampling error.
Brandon, Mississippi (CNN) - Newt Gingrich opened up about seeking God's forgiveness during an evening Sunday service in Mississippi.
"There were things in my life that I have been very public about saying were, in fact, well short of the glory of God, and I had to go to God to seek forgiveness," Gingrich said at First Baptist Church in Brandon.
Meridian, Mississippi (CNN) – Newt Gingrich ramped up criticism of Rick Santorum Friday as he stakes his White House hopes on southern primary victories in Alabama and Mississippi next week.
Ripping a page from Mitt Romney's campaign playbook, Gingrich aides are working aggressively behind the scenes to tear apart Santorum's record, while on the stump Gingrich directs his criticism at President Barack Obama.