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Rick Santorum sweeps Ala., Miss. primaries

Santorum gains at least 29 delegates, Romney 31 and Gingrich 24

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  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    March 14, 2012 10:21 a.m.

    Santorum is far too extreme to win in November. The perceived weakness of Mitt is what will be needed to beat Obama.

  • LDSareChristians Anchorage, AK
    March 14, 2012 9:55 a.m.

    After all is said and done, at the end of the day, Romney moved 4 steps (Delegates) further forward than Santorum. (according to realclearpolitics delegate tracker at 8am 14 Mar 2012).

    Thus the percentage of remaining delegates Mitt needs keeps dropping, and raising for the others.

    The national polls show Mitt about 10% ahead of Santorum. The last few rounds Mitt is 0% or below that, so at some point he hits the States where he must be 20% head of Santorum, and many of those states have huge winner takes all delegates.

    Go Mitt 2012

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    March 14, 2012 8:12 a.m.

    "I was amused when I recently heard a Santorum supporter say they wouldn't vote for a Mormon since they, "base all their decisions on what their church leaders say," as if Santorum would never, in a million years, make decisions like that. "

    That's why neither can have my vote. Separation of church and state ... these men can't do it.

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    March 14, 2012 7:51 a.m.

    Mitt has 2 things going for him.

    1- Lots and Lots and Lots of money
    2- 3 candidates

    If either Gingrich or Santorum dropped out, Romney would not fair well head to head with either.

    The stars have aligned for Mitt. (until the general)

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 14, 2012 6:52 a.m.

    Santorum may have theoretically won those two states but his delegate count is not increasing. I believe he is coming to the desperate end as Mitt Romney stated. Santorum may have the fervor in his voice of a tent revival but his numbers are not increasing and his evangelical states coming up on the decline. Newt and Santorum are both proud men and donÂt want to end the race for the benefit of the party. Santorum may say it is helping strengthen the party but it doesnÂt appear to really be helping him. They may not be debating but the innuendos keep coming from Santorum and Gingrich as they try to keep above water.

  • Igualmente Mesa, AZ
    March 14, 2012 6:35 a.m.

    Good point Billy Bob, Romney won more delegates than anyone last night and all the non-Romney media is crowing about is Santorum's big sweep of AL and MS. All Santorum did was barely get more popular votes than Gingrich or Romney, nothing more.

    As long as Gingrich and Santorum split the more conservative vote, neither will gain ground on Romney.

  • Denys Picard near montreal, QC
    March 14, 2012 5:30 a.m.

    It is funny that no political analyst appears to consider important that without the Democratic Party voters that have participated in the GOP primary process, Santorum would have lost both Alabama and Mississippi. WSJ estimates 8 per cent of voters in Alabama were democrats and 4 per cent in Mississippi. Since these voters come as an organized group coordinated by elements of the Democratic Party and call themselves Operation Hilarity; their sole purpose is to vote for the candidate that poses the less risk to Obama.IN so, they have chosen Santorum, and at exit polls, they describe themselves as strongly conservative; everybody knows there is no truth to that. This is what made Sununu (the elder) come out in Vermont and openly support Romney; it was the appeal, through advertised sponsoring by the Santorum team to get and help motivate these Democrats to disrupt the GOP primary process. So SantorumÂs every victory only indicate that the Democrats really fear Candidate Romney and do not point to any conservative momentum for Santorum. In fact, every Santorum victory points to less chance of the GOP reclaiming the White House in 2012. Spread the word around.

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    March 14, 2012 5:23 a.m.

    What a confusing headline and subheadline - Santorum sweeps Mississippi and Alabama, but then it says that Romney picks up more delegates than Santorum. On page 2 of the article we finally learn that the delegate count also includes Hawaii and American Samoa. I suggest adding this info to the subheadline. ("Including HI and Am Samoa, delegate count is...")

  • ClarkHippo Tooele, UT
    March 14, 2012 1:55 a.m.

    President Obama will win re-election. Here's why.

    Rick Santorum's campaign, through cleverly placed underlings, is turning the GOP race into a debate on religion. After all, does anyone think it was a coincidence that this pastor down in Florida would publicly tell Mitt Romney to denounce his Mormon religion during the same week as the Mississippi and Alabama primaries?

    Santorum's camp is quietly reminding voters that Romney belongs to that "cult" religion. I was amused when I recently heard a Santorum supporter say they wouldn't vote for a Mormon since they, "base all their decisions on what their church leaders say," as if Santorum would never, in a million years, make decisions like that.

    As a result, come November, Obama will win since southern states with large populations of evangelical voters will not vote for Romney, while swing states like Ohio, Wisconsin and New Mexico will not for some as far-right as Santorum.

    Sorry GOP. Better luck in 2016.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2012 11:56 p.m.

    @ute alumni
    And who has an actual solution to gas prices on the right? Drill baby drill doesn't work. Oil companies will sell to the cheapest bidder even if it's another country, will take years to set up anything substantial enough to really move prices, and we'd be draining our resources even faster.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 13, 2012 11:52 p.m.

    I don't get it. Santorum complains about negative campaigning from Romney, but every time I hear him, it's negative against Mitt.

    What a shame, that a leader can only win by lying.

    Ill bring the deficit and unemployment down within three years.

  • Billy Bob Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2012 11:27 p.m.

    Why is it that when Romney wins a state with split delegates it is not really a win, but when Santorum wins a state with split delegates, it is a huge win and people start calling for Romney to drop out? What a convenient double standard set by the media (both liberal and conservative), and Santorum himself.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    March 13, 2012 11:10 p.m.

    willary:
    if you had a car you'd understand your boy has gas prices at twice what it was when he came into office. 8 plus percent unemployment is great. the only ones better off today than four years ago are those on government assistance because benefits continue to increase. $16 trillion in debt. Feels good doesn't it. The community organizer will be going back to Chicago in 10 months, thank goodness.

  • Bloodhound Provo, UT
    March 13, 2012 10:40 p.m.

    Romney is out of touch with the struggles of average Americans. He has flip-flopped on numerous issues. If he wins the nomination, he will lose to Obama in the Fall. Santorum stands a good chance of beating Obama. I hope he ends up as the Republican nominee.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    March 13, 2012 10:15 p.m.

    Ah, come on, you all want anyone but Obama, so what does it matter?

  • deep in thought Salt Lake, UT
    March 13, 2012 10:12 p.m.

    Ahh, the deep south. I know that many of the mega churches are fond of doing their once yearly anti-Mormon guest speaker. They come in posed as an expert on Mormon theology, often claiming to once have been devout Mormon and then they proceed to scare the daylights out of everyone about Mormons.

    For ONCE I would like to see these exit polls ask, "Would you vote for a Mormon under ANY circumstance." Lucky for Jon Huntsman that he dropped out before the deep south. They would chew him up and spit him out. He is even more "moderate" that Romney.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    March 13, 2012 10:08 p.m.

    "Unemployment is still 8.3%, Mitt's had the campaign spotlight for a year, and still can't pull away.

    John Kerry had a lead about this time also."

    At this point in 2004, unemployment was at 5.8%. It's all about the economy. Barack Obama cannot run on his record. He's in trouble. All the GOP has to do is not do anything stupid...like nominating Santorum.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 13, 2012 10:05 p.m.

    Whoops. The heir apparent had the heir let out a bit.

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    March 13, 2012 10:03 p.m.

    I wouldn't expect a guy who sees higher education as some kind of liberal conspiracy to understand the science behind climate change. It seems Santorum also has some challenges with basic math.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    March 13, 2012 9:52 p.m.

    Unemployment is still 8.3%, Mitt's had the campaign spotlight for a year, and still can't pull away.

    John Kerry had a lead about this time also.

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    March 13, 2012 9:52 p.m.

    These are red states and will remain so come Nov regardless. Rick's weakness against Obama along with his inability to win in battle states... Mitt will be the Next President of the US of A

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    March 13, 2012 9:42 p.m.

    @williary

    And yet, with all this turmoil in the GOP race, polls show Romney beating Obama.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    March 13, 2012 9:25 p.m.

    Just as it's been for 3 weeks, Newt and his Super Pac money remain the only reasons Mitt is still in this race.