Feb 8, 2012




Looks like Mitt Romney has 99 problems and Rick Santorum happens to be one.

While, Willard was focusing all of his attention and attack ads on Newt Gingrich, he completely missed the surge that was Rick Santorum. Rick shocked the punditry world when he picked up a three state sweep winning Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado. Everyone had pretty much given this race to Mitt Romney, but it looks to be a race once again.

Via USAToday:

Santorum's victories, his first since the opening Iowa caucuses, were sure to energize his followers, boost his fundraising and ensure that he'll stay in the race at least through the Super Tuesday contests on March 6. It bolsters his argument that he, not former House speaker Newt Gingrich, should be seen as the strongest challenger to Romney.

For Romney, the setbacks were likely to raise questions about his claim of inevitability — he had targeted only Obama on the stump Tuesday, as though the GOP nomination already was his — and carried a particular sting in Minnesota, a state he decisively won four years ago.

"I think the big story coming out tonight is going to be it's very hard for the elite media to portray Romney as the inevitable nominee," Gingrich told CNN from Ohio. "After tonight, you'll see this is a wide-open race."

Even before the returns came in, his campaign had sent out a pre-emptive "reality check," downplaying the importance of the contests and touting Romney's organizational and financial edge in the primaries and caucuses that follow.

"John McCain lost 19 states in 2008, and we expect our opponents to notch a few wins too," the memo by Romney political director Rich Beeson read. "But unlike the other candidates, our campaign has the resources and organization to keep winning over the long run."

In Missouri, Santorum defeated Romney by 2-1. In Minnesota, Santorum also held a double-digit lead. Paul was second, Romney third. In Colorado, Romney ended the night in second, followed by Gingrich in third.

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