Colorado caucuses

5:49am

Wed February 8, 2012
It's All Politics

Did Santorum Win Big or Win Squat? What's a Nation to Believe?

Republican presidential hopeful and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks to supporters, flanked by his daughter, Elizabeth (left), and wife, Karen.
Whitney Curtis Getty Images

Pity the poor news junkie, waiting bleary-eyed at the witching hour, wondering how to feel about the latest events in the Republican nominating contest.

One news source — let's say it's a cable news operation — says the latest round of GOP presidential preference contests is a huge boost to the flagging fortunes of Rick Santorum, the winner of the night's trifecta. The cable outlets all air tape of Santorum's triumphant victory speech again and again. He surely looks like a winner.

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5:35am

Wed February 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Santorum's Wins: Huge? Meaningless? In Between?

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 5:47 am

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum celebrated his victories at a rally in St. Charles, Mo.
Whitney Curtis Getty Images

Last night "belonged to Rick Santorum, who went three-for-three in Tuesday's Republican contests," as Eyder wrote on It's All Politics very early this morning.

The former Pennsylvania senator took first place in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri.

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2:00am

Wed February 8, 2012
NPR Story

Rick Santorum Sweeps 3 GOP Nominating Contests

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 3:08 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.

Several factors may affect your thinking as you decide how important last night's voting was. Turnout was low, and no convention delegates were awarded as Missouri held a primary, and Minnesota and Colorado held caucuses.

MONTAGNE: Then again, nobody awarded delegates when Iowa voted, either. The fact is, people voted, and Rick Santorum won all three states.

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12:28am

Wed February 8, 2012
Election 2012

Santorum Upsets Romney in Colorado Caucuses

Mitt Romney spoke to supporters at the Tivoli Student Center on the Auraria Campus in Denver Tuesday night.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Rick Santorum has dealt Mitt Romney's campaign a stunning blow by pulling off a trio of wins in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado.  In Colorado, with 99% of the precincts reporting as of early Wednesday morning, Santorum had 40% of the vote, compared with Romney's 34%, with Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul in a distant third and fourth.

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11:48pm

Tue February 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Rick Santorum Has Big Night; Sweeps All Three GOP Contests

Just for the record: Rick Santorum won all three non-binding primaries on Tuesday. The former Pennsylvania senator took the caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado and won the "beauty contest" in Missouri.

We live blogged the action over at It's All Politics. Look there for analysis in the morning.

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