Making It Rain On Them Conservative GOP Hoes: Rick Santorum Sweeps “Deep South” Primaries

- By Bossip Staff

It’s not looking good for Nasty Newt:

Rick Santorum ensured that the Republican nominating battle will drag on, possibly into the spring and beyond, after pulling off a pair of victories in the Deep South on Tuesday — as the presidential primary race passes the midway mark. The former Pennsylvania senator edged out his opponents in both Mississippi and Alabama, allowing him to build the case that he is the “conservative” alternative to Mitt Romney over Newt Gingrich. Romney did not go home empty handed because the states divide their delegates proportionally and he clinched a victory in the Hawaii caucuses by a wide margin. He took home 45 percent of the vote 52 percent of that state’s delegates while Santorum trailed with 25 percent of the vote and 23 percent of the delegates.

Romney also won the small Republican caucus in American Samoa. He picked up all nine delegates in the contest in the U.S. territory located 2,300 miles south of Hawaii. With no multi-state primary nights on tap until April 3 — when D.C., Maryland and Wisconsin vote — for the rest of the month the candidates will be competing for delegates one state or territory at a time in Missouri, Puerto Rico, Illinois and Louisiana. Santorum on Tuesday won in two deep red states that are among the most conservative in the nation. In his victory speech, Santorum suggested the GOP contest remains far more competitive than Romney’s supporters make it out to be.

“We will compete everywhere. The time is now for conservatives to pull together,” Santorum said. Gingrich, meanwhile, was taking the long view. Though his campaign was banking on wins in Tuesday’s contests, the former House speaker said he’s staying in the race. Asked which states he can still win, Gingrich told Fox News: “I don’t know yet.” But he contended there are “lots of places” where he can compete, like Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia.

In Mississippi, Gingrich finished second, just ahead of Romney. With nearly all precincts reporting, Santorum was leading with 33 percent of the vote. Gingrich was behind with 31 percent, followed by Romney with 30 percent. Gingrich and Romney are still battling for second place in Alabama. With 99 percent reporting, Santorum was ahead with 35 percent — followed by Gingrich with 29 percent and Romney with 29 percent.

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