(CNN) - If Newt Gingrich can't win Alabama and Mississippi, where can he win? The former speaker fell short in the heart of Dixie on Tuesday, and it's not clear where he goes from here.
Approaching the halfway mark of the primary season, Gingrich has finished first in a grand total of two states: South Carolina and his home state of Georgia.FULL STORY
Lafayette, Louisiana (CNN) - A beaming Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum declared he "did it again" and "defied the odds" Tuesday night as he took the stage fresh off his wins in the critical Southern states of Alabama and Mississippi.
Speaking to a packed banquet room at a hotel in Louisiana - a state that holds its contest next week - the former Pennsylvania senator told supporters that if they followed in Tuesday's footsteps, he'd be one step closer to clinching the title of 'Republican nominee.'FULL STORY
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.