Santorum Sweep

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The contest for the Republican presidential nomination has, yet again, taken a surprising turn. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum won the caucuses in Missouri and Minnesota yesterday and topped the night off with a come-from-behind surprise victory in Colorado.

Mitt Romney lost Missouri in 2008 and did not make a play for the caucus, which isn’t awarding any delegates. Newt Gingrich failed to make it onto the ballot, leaving Rick Santorum and Ron Paul to battle it out. Santorum prevailed, winning Missouri with 55% of the vote. Romney came in second with 25%. Ron Paul finished with 12%. This was not a surprising victory, as Santorum was leading in the polls there.

The media assumed that Romney would win Colorado and focused on Minnesota. Romney won the state by 19% in 2008, but the polls showed Santorum with a comfortable lead as the caucus took place. At the time of this article’s publication, Santorum was shown winning Minnesota with 45%. Ron Paul is in second with 27%, Romney has 17% and Gingrich has 11%. If these totals hold, this will mean that Santorum rose from a 2-point lead on February 4 in Public Policy Polling’s survey to a 9-point lead on February 6 and ultimately won by a whopping 18%.

The media thought Santorum’s landslide victory in Minnesota would be the story of the night, but they were wrong. Romney won Colorado in 2008 by 42%. The polls consistently showed him with double-digit leads. The last poll had him ahead by 10%. Amazingly, Santorum pulled off an upset and won a solid victory in Colorado. With 99% of districts reporting, Santorum had attained 40% of the vote, while Romney had 35%, Gingrich had 13% and Paul had 12%. This is a remarkable feat for a candidate who was dismissed as he languished in the low single digits for the majority of the campaign.

Santorum gave his victory speech after the results in Missouri and Minnesota were announced. He likely didn’t think he’d win Colorado at that point. Trumpeting his electability, Santorum proudly said, “Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t stand here to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. I stand here to be the conservative alternative to Barack Obama.”

He made the case that last night’s contests were the most reflective of what the general election campaign will look like. Mitt Romney was unable to overwhelm his opponents with immense finances and superior organization, Santorum argued. He made the point that President Obama’s organization and fundraising will outmatch his Republican opponent, and so Romney will not be able to count on those advantages to win. Santorum argued that the only way Obama could be beaten is if a sharp contrast is drawn and that he is the best candidate to do that.

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  • John Saunders-Smith

    The right is fractured and defeated even before the fight has begun. The liberal progressive media has done a good job. Even Fox News, once the bastion of the right, after only three years and a bit of fighting the corner, now looks haggard and mellow. I don’t even care to watch it – it is that embarrassing.

    You see, on everything, the lefties are ganging behind Obama and his Marxist, Islamist anti-Israeli agenda while the right has been sent around chasing its tail.

    I live across the pond, but to me the Republicans are all but finished. They’ve conceded and lost the argument. Unless they change tack and become more like the Democrats (like the Tories have done here – becoming left themselves), they’ll be in the wilderness for a very long time, I'm sorry to say.

    • GypsyTyger

      The right is not fractured and defeated. The right is thoroughly considering and weighing the strengths/weaknesses of all the potential candidates for what will be one of the most important elections of our lives. The fact that the candidates are all getting a hearing shows that the conservative voters in this country appreciate the importance of the upcoming election too much to simply rush to pick a candidate.

  • Amused

    You're all but finished mate . Drowning in pc for your muslim "guests " . Muslim gangs raping "white women " , beating up "white men " ……we got a long slide downhill to reach Londonistan . As for the Republicans here ? So far the only thing they can agree on is that they hate Obama …lol….similar to the muslims on Israel.The Republicans embraced the Tea party , Trufers , Birthers and White supremacists ,and its coming back to bite them . And now Santorum , the christian ayatollah is splitting up the Romney voteis some states even overcoming it . As I've said before , CENTRISTS and INDEPENDENTS will decide the presidential election .

    • John Saunders-Smith

      Amused you sound confused!

      • mrbean

        Amused is an annoying product of progressive education who mostly prattles and babble posts. But he is dead right about centrists and independents deciding elections. They are the "wishy-washy moderates" (most are women) driven more by their emotions of the moment than by principles and represent about 40% of the voters. There are 20% of the voters who are commited to liberal and left of center ideas and driven also by emotions. The last 40% are commited to conservative and right of center ideas. That is why we have so many lead changes in selecting

        • gullah

          Yeah, Independents are actually the uninformed that simply go with the wind.

          Amused thinks there is a Christian Ayatollah? LOL. Oh nooosss! How awful to truly believe in Christ's teachings! Like the one known as the Golden Rule: Treat others as you'd want to be treated! Gasp! Oh the horrors of Chrisianity!

          • Amused

            That's not what Santorum stands for pal …YOU had better get informed . BTW , Independents are far more informed than the left/right /Dems or Repo/cons ….we dont have to wade through the chin high sewage of your partisan B.S. and swallow alot of it in the process . The Soviets offered ONE candidate to "vote 'for ….we offer TWO . Independents will alewasys vote the lesser of two ASSSHOLES . 82%b of Anmerican AGREE , both Dems and Repocons are useless , they've accomplished nothing other than to generate more idiots in their own image . Npo pal Independents and Centrist will decide the next President while the two parties play with themselves . That's exactly what happened in 08 . McCain / Palin ??? WTF were you guys thinking ????

      • Amused

        Confused ? How so John ?…"across the pond" ….."Tories " ….,you're a Brit are you not ? If so , then yes , you';re finished over there , unless of course there is a sea-change in the U.K.

    • fiddler

      An ode to "Amused"
      Amused is an interloper, a scoffer. Amused is in it for revenge and nurses a grudge. If Amused can't say all whites are racists, he can certainly say that ALL whites are under the SUSPICION of racism. I have two lilly-white granddaughters and they are not exempt. Amused is a stick-in-the-mud scoffer who contribute nothing to the real concern this nation is facing, but finds delight in taunting. This is like a teenager who DARES you to do anything when they provoke you. And when you get substancially frustrated, they point and say "You SEEE!"

      Amused has nothing whatever to do but amuse himself. If he HAS and REAL concern for this country (which I doubt) he will talk about real answers, not redoubling his taunts about "unions are hear to stay — deal with it" (regardless of those of us who have been in unions and know first hand).

      No, Amused "graces" us with babbling, taunting and daring anyone to speak out, for which he flatters himself with a "clever" comeback.

      • Amused

        fiddler , you finished ? Unions are indeed here to stay , but that's another subject .Republicans have in fact screwed themselves ,with their pandering to screwballs and christian fanatics , they will pay the price ….4 more years of the one they love to hate . In Reality Republicans /Conservatives have no plan , all they know is get Obama out of office , i haven't heard a bloody thing about any plan , other than their usual BULLSHHEET MEMES . They've got half a chance with Romney and absolutely no chance at all with Santorum . In addition chump . I know racists when I hear them …I do not "suspect " I expose what is . Now you take Mr.Bean ….a true unabashed racist , he does not allude to the fact , in this lies his only honesty . And you say what ? Real answers ? Oh really , have I heard any from your ilk ? Other than partisan bull and rhetoric . I have answers , raise taxes , because that's what all you bullsheet artists are gonna wind up doing anyway . There is no other way out , cut spending not throats , and please leave your phony conservative mantras in the toilet where they belong , you're no more American than anyone else .

    • Blaze Pascal

      Amused: "I see racist people."

      • Amused

        Eunuchs as it were my dear Blaze , eunuchs , who hide behind phony patriotism .

    • Fred Dawes

      Is the TSA keeping a good eye on you??

  • richard handwerk

    dems want to win at any cost. they will literally throw their mother under the bus. the republicans are not media savy. they are stuck to sticking to their principles. well do that once you get elected. but to get elected; lie, cheat, steal. just like the opposition. otherwise you will never get in!!!

  • Stephen_Brady

    Sanotum is the "white ayatollah", Amused? Your posts are amusing to me, that's for dang sure.

    As for conservatives … and on topic … I have a daily session with a number of other conservatives of all stripes, over coffee. Yesterday, these good people were down like I've never seen them, before (expecting a clean sweep by Romney). Today, the phone is ringing off the hook (as it were). We even have a young Paulbot who is considering switching to Santorum.

    Conservatives are on the brink of coalescing around Rick Santorum. If that happens, he will win the nomination, and the independents … who are incredibly dissatisfied with Obama … will give him the presidency.

    • gullah

      I was so excited about the results! Have met Santorum twice and he is nice AND he actually listens to what you have to say. He is willing to listen and learn and change his mind on an issue when presented with the facts.

      • Amused

        Santorum has already proved himself a hypocrite by attempting to deny other women what he DID not deny for his own wife …an abortion to save her life …..that speaks volumes . BTW , do a little reasearch and look at all the SPENDING Santorum has voted for whilst in Public Office . It's a matter of public record if you dare to look .

    • Amused

      I can see Stephen , that you have not yet educated yourself with the positions Santorum has taken , in addition you are ill-informed on what he has in the past voted for and against . Santorum winning the nomination will simply seal the fate of repocons for the next 4 years . As for Independents AND Centrists , nopne in their right mibd will vote for Santorum come Election Day . There is no "buzz among Independents regarding Santorum .And yes , I called him "christian Ayatollah " please work on your reading comprehension , and dont even attempt to put your spin on anything I say .As we both well know changing "christian " to white ,changes the whole meaning of what I said …….that's the problem with most of you tools , you spin and suck-up spin from anyone who tosses redmeat before you . Or were you too stupid to think your little "edit " of my words would go undetected ? Schmuck !

      • WilliamJamesWard

        Oh Amussi you are so nasty today, someone step on your tail? I can't wait for
        you to come out for Obama, it will drive voters into any corner opposit your
        pick. Then again is it possible the Obamarhoid is not mean enough for you?
        So many questions, do not keep us in the dark oh dark lord let us know
        who you think should be the next President, really inquiring minds want to
        know…………………………………………………….William

        • Amused

          I got news for ya Ward , you put Santorum up against Obama , I'll vote Obama . Dont blame me if Repocons are dumb enough to nix Romney again , and that dont take a genius , Romney's all republican have to date . Paul ,Gingrich will never succeeed . Santorum's a sure loser . I say Romney , if it's a choice between Obama and Romney . But any of those others ? Obama will win . You can take that to the bank .

          • WilliamJamesWard

            I think if Obama was to win a second term all of the banks would close.
            It is a shame that in a nation of over 300 million the field of candidates
            is narrowed to professional politicians that need to find a job in the
            real world. It is still a crap shoot and I have a feeling Romney will
            bounce back. November will soon loom large and as crazy as the
            world is becoming I wonder who will man up to keep America from
            being incinerated by crazy Mullahs and their world power loons.
            We shall see how it goes and then either gloom and doom or maybe
            a better day………………………………………………….William

      • Stephen_Brady

        My reading comprehension is just fine, thank you!

        A "Chrisian Ayatollah" … though the phrase is amusing … is a contradiction in terms, similar to talking about a Muslim Priest.

        Schmuck?

        God, you're funny …

  • tanstaafl

    Republicans need a sexier candidate. Not sex appeal, but young, fast and scientific. I mean, other than the Sears Men's Department, who wears sweater vests?

    Think about it.

    • gullah

      Who cares about the sweater vest? If that is what would stop someone from voting for someone, than that person is truly character deficient.

  • redhawk1989

    Rick Santorum for President

  • gullah

    Oh and Santorum has seen the light on illegal immigration. He now gets an A- from NUMBERSUSA.
    Go to the website and look at their grades and spread the news. Especially if your primary or caucus is coming up.

  • george a. way jr.

    "GOD" choses who "HE" wants to lead not us !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! , to the glory of the "CREATOR" not the "unwashed masses !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Amused

      If that's so , then HE , must have chosen Obama no ? LOL….and it looks like HE just might choose him again .
      Then , what will you say ?

  • fiddler

    (spelling corrected, if it matters)
    An ode to "Amused"
    Amused is an interloper, a scoffer. Amused is in it for revenge and nurses a grudge. If Amused can't say all whites are racists, he can certainly say that ALL whites are under the SUSPICION of racism. I have two lilly-white granddaughters and they are not exempt. Amused is a stick-in-the-mud scoffer who contributes nothing to the real concern this nation is facing, but finds delight in taunting. This is like a teenager who DARES you to do anything when they provoke you. And when you get substancially frustrated, they point and say "You SEEE!"

    Amused has nothing whatever to do but amuse himself. If he HAS and REAL concern for this country (which I doubt) he will talk about real answers, not redoubling his taunts about "unions are hear to stay — deal with it" (regardless of those of us who have been in unions and know first hand).

    No, Amused "graces" us with babbling, taunting and daring anyone to speak out, for which he flatters himself with a "clever" comeback.

    • fiddler

      If he HAS any REAL concern
      (there think that's the last correction)

    • Amused

      fiddler , I sincerely doubt you ever worked hard for a living or even have a callous on your hand to prove it [maybe on your butt from sitting on it ] I have put in 50 years in the work force, 47 of which were all UNION . -Seafarers International Union , International Longshoremans Association , Communication Workers of America and IBEW . Stop talking out your butt chump .

  • Fred Dawes

    Your Vote means nothing its who the world bankers want in power not you but the system of evil is now in total control of your butts.

  • Amused

    Maybe YOUR butt Fred …not mine .

  • ObamaYoMoma

    If you liked GWB, you will love Rick Santorum as he is a carbon copy of GWB on steroids. Indeed, when GWB doubled the size, scope, and power of the federal government while usurping our formerly heretofore constitutionally protected rights and freedoms, Santorum was one of GWB's greatest field generals. Indeed, the reason that the national debt exploded through the roof the instant the economy headed south in 2008, is because GWB and his field generals like Santorum were so successful in massively growing the size, scope, and power of government. Thus, electing Santorum would be like reelecting GWB on steroids, and if you like big and powerful government, then you will love Santorum.

  • Asher

    Hey you know what Lefties…We like what Santorum has to say!, he makes a heck of alot of sense. We are voting on principles whatever the Outcome!

  • KKKK

    i congragulate Santorum for this victory. he would do much for America if he is elected.