Santo Claws Back Into The Race [Nor'easter Blues]

Snatches Confederacy From Gingrich, Romney

The 2012 Republican Primary season just got a lot more interesting as Rick Santorum swept to victory in Mississippi and Alabama last night.

Ol' Rick looked to be down early in the evening, but he rallied to outpace his conservative compadres as the dusk turned to dark. When the smoke cleared, he was... well, not the front-runner, but the guy with all of the momentum.

Mitt Romney still has the delegate lead, but he has about zero momentum ATM. Robert E. Lee, to my knowledge, didn't spend the time after Gettysburg going "Well, I won Manassas." Likewise, Romney's victory in New Hampshire doesn't look so impressive when it is fairly obvious that the heartier conservatives won't vote for a Massachusetts Moderate... even if we don't actually claim him as our own. General Sherman seems to be more popular in the South than Mitt Romney.

Santorum went to sleep last night counting delegates like sheep. Romney is saying, "F*ck the South, and I never liked grits anyhow." Ron Paul showed, but even his supporters admit that it would take multiple incidents of candidates raping children on camera for him to win the nomination. Newt Gingrich lost on his home turf, and was basically tapping out through his aides this morning.

Mitt won Hawaii, which will give him a few more delegates. The world is breathlessly awaiting the results from American Samoa, which CNN has going to Romney. Mitt did pick up some delegates last night, and holds a fat lead in that regard. The magic number of delegates (1144) moved further from Romney's grasp, however.

Let's check the numbers, shall we?

Alabama

Santorum... 34.5%

Gingrich... 29.3%

Romney... 29.0%

Paul... 5%

Mississippi

Santorum... 32.9%

Gingrich... 31.3%

Romney... 30.3%

Paul...  4.4%

Hawaii

Romney... 32.6%

Paul... 28.3%

Santorum... 23.4%

Gingrich... 15.7%

Delegates

Romney... 393

Santorum... 133

Gingrich... 110

Paul... 24

The remainder of March gives us primaries in Illinois, Missouri, and Louisiana. The should-be-interesting Puerto Rican vote also goes down this month.

As always, we'll be here to keep you updated.

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