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Rick Santorum Cleans Up In Deep South Races

| On 14, Mar 2012

Rick Santorum played to win in the AL and MS primaries on Tuesday, surprising a lot of people! (Photo credit unknown)

The Rick Santorum train plowed into two Deep South states on Tuesday.

Alabama and Mississippi GOP voters chose Santorum in both contests throwing more confusion into the race for a decisive nominee. What’s clear is that Rick Santorum was able to break through the polling and connect with the people of those two states.

The only highlights of Romney’s evening were small wins in the Hawaii and American Samoa caucuses. That information, though, was drowned out by the bulldozer of Santorum’s Deep South press.

Back to Alabama and Mississippi. The results highlight some serious issues for a few of the candidates moving forward, including issues such as:

  • Mitt Romney, with all the “establishment” backing in the world, can’t seem to close the deal with Republican voters. His solid base is with the more affluent members of the party.
  • Rural voters are not turning over lightly at the idea of “Candidate Romney.” If you look at the maps on CNN, rural counties tend to go heavily for Santorum in most states across the country.
  • Newt Gingrich needs to drop out ASAP. His “Southern Strategy” of winning states in his region has failed miserably. The only Southern state outside his home of Georgia that he won was South Carolina, which was back in January.
  • Ron Paul needs to exit stage left from the campaign too. He could run a decent independent campaign, but right now he’s just taking up space and resources. It’s almost pointless to see him in the race.
  • Voter turnout is down in many places that have held contests already. It will be very hard to get those people to the polls if they aren’t excited about the candidates nor the final nominee.

As for the delegate race, the allocation is as follows: Romney (489), Santorum (234), Gingrich (139), and Paul (66).

The next contests are in Puerto Rico on March 18 and Illinois on March 20.

For full results of the Alabama, Mississippi, Hawaii, and American Samoa contests, click here.

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