March 14th, 2012
09:47 AM ET
11 years ago

5 things we learned from Tuesday's primaries

(CNN) - Republican voters in Alabama and Mississippi handed Rick Santorum two more wins on Tuesday and conservative support continued to elude Mitt Romney. Plus, Newt Gingrich found reason to continue his campaign despite losing both southern states.

Here are five things we learned from Tuesday night.


Filed under: 2012 • Alabama • Mississippi • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
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  1. Stop the Charade

    One thing that we learned was that the GOP is in serious trouble.

    March 14, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    Mittens will win the nomination but he is far from the popular candidate and his violent surge to the right to win the thumpers and zealots will cost him in the general

    March 14, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Emmy Skaddittle

    That the real conservatives think that their candidate can somehow win even though he has alienated every other voting group

    March 14, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. bret

    1 thing we learned from tuesdays primaries " Poor dumb people,voting against their own interest, "To stay poor"?????? Especially, Evangelical Repub Women???????? Go figure?

    March 14, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    one thing I learned is that promising $2.65 a gallon gasoline doesn't work especially despite what Newt claims some WSJ reporter wrote about in agreement with him will NOT happen. Oh it might happen if the speculators stop doing what they are doing and oil prices fall and the big oil companies decide to cut profits and some states decide to cut taxes on gasoline. Chances of that happening? About the same as Newt being POTUS right now.

    March 14, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. WireweirdinSF

    You forgot to mention the extreme predjudice against the south by liberal commentators and "comedians" who donate a million dollars to Obama's reelection while degrading and demeaning women. Of course the liberally biased mainstream media will tell you about Rush Limbaugh, but not about Bill Maher, because he is for the inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady, same as them.

    March 14, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Sniffit

    Yay! the Ayatollah Santorum won in Alabamastan and Mississippistan!!!! The GOP/Teatroll's throbbing mess clwon parade continues unabated!!!

    March 14, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. rs

    One thing you didn't mention: That misogyny apparently rallies the Republican base.

    March 14, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. Fair is Fair

    "Yay! the Ayatollah Santorum won in Alabamastan and Mississippistan!!!! "
    Doesn't really matter. Romney's got the nomination, and Alabamastan and Mississippistan aren't voting for Obama. Much ado about nothing.

    March 14, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    I don't think we learned anything new. Nothing has changed.

    1. Most Republican voters do not like Romney.
    2. Fewer Republi9can voters like Gingrich.
    3. Less than that like Ron Paul.
    4. The conservative movement desparately needs a positive message.
    5. The Republican party is being completely overrun by evangelicans. [that's not a typo]

    March 14, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. Bill

    Probably the best solutuion to the GOP's infight that will likely produce a loss for them in November, might be for Sanctorum and the Newt to get together as a ticket. At least there would be a little bit of a buffer to Father Rick's uber-Catholic agenda – which also might be enough to clinch the battle against that Mormon/cult guy with all the money pals.

    March 14, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Donkey Party

    WireweirdinSF (broken record) –

    You right-wingers never cease to display your extreme ignorance. There is no comparison between Limbaugh and Maher, the reasons are many, but mainly because Maher is a comedian, and he's on a channel that you have to PAY for (HBO). Limbaugh is broadcast for FREE over the radio. Also, Maher simply called Palin what everyone (male or female) calls that hate-filled wretch.

    March 14, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Donkey Party

    The insanely ignorant, illiterate right-wingers here have nothing to comment about, except for their own inferiority complexes. Too funny!

    March 14, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    David in FL

    Wanted for excessive trolling and making the rest of the world stupider for having read their posts:
    Thank you for conceding the argument by attacking our character, and not our facts. We have accepted your surrender.

    March 14, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. nobody important

    Santorum had a good night, but when it comes to delegates, Romney did better. It appears CNN may have slept through Tuesday's 'other' primaries.

    March 14, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. Sue

    The one important thing we've learned over the past few months and will continue to see is that the GOP is turning on themselves and eating each other from within. Any intelligent republicans have left the party and are now independents. The only ones left are the ignorant. They hate women, gays and any race not white. Goodbye GOP the end is near and most of the country is happy to see it.

    March 14, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. once upon a horse

    @ Rudy NYC.....

    you can tell when you start to get to a right winger because the resort to name calling. Reminfs me of kids in the playground. Keep up the good posts and just think the others do NOT have to read them. Trust me there are some here from some posters I don't even bother to read. However perhaps they are not bright enough to realize they have that choice.

    March 14, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. trsky

    ...and what does this tell me? That when extremists take over a party, the party they throw exhibits all of the restraint any group of crazies exhibit when the drinks are free and the keg bottomless. Offending huge blocks of voters – let's start with women – over common non-issues such as birth control – and making wild claims no one will believe as they try to empty that bottomless keg – like $2.50 gas prices – underscores their wildly reckless lack of political acumen. I hope Santorum wins and runs on his platform of venality and ineptitude. He's a bigot and really does represent the best of the current Republican groupthink, started by Reagan. They're in for a colossal drubbing, well deserved.

    March 14, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. Squigman

    What we learned: Many who are less than completely literate can, and do vote. Many vote using emotion, as opposed to education to take a stand on issues. There is now, and always will be lies believed while the truth becomes a forgotten footnote at the bottom of the page. Personal gain, trumps the well being of the nation. Republicans are interested in making the rich, richer, the church a center of political power, and the poor can go to hell. Want more?

    March 14, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |