Great Tuesday night for Rick Santorum, winning Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado--even if it did not change the delegate count for now--bad night for Mitt Romney, horrible night for Newt Gingrich, just another evening for Ron Paul.
from ABC's "The Note"
Even before any of the votes had been tallied last night, Rick Santorum told supporters earlier in the day, "I feel great that Minnesota is going to change the direction of this race tonight."
He got his win in Minnesota, and add two more in Missouri and Colorado to that equation and the former Pennsylvania senator just might be right.
Last night's results amounted to kick-start to the Pennsylvania senator's campaign and a serious rebuke to Mitt Romney.
WASHINGTON -- It was a very bad night for Mitt Romney Tuesday, no matter which way you sliced it, another harsh blow undermining his argument that he is the strongest Republican candidate for president.
It happened in Iowa on Jan. 3. It happened Jan. 22 in South Carolina. And on Tuesday night, Romney was again rejected by a large portion of the Republican electorate, this time in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado.
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) won Missouri and Minnesota by large margins, capturing 55 percent of the vote in Missouri to Romney's 25 percent, and winning Minnesota -- a state Romney won in the 2008 primary -- with with 45 percent of the vote. Romney came in third there with only 17 percent of the vote, finishing behind Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who got 27 percent. Santorum won all 114 of Missouri's counties.