Santorum more than doubles Romney's vote total; however primary victory doesn't mean Missouri is his.
- Joe Scott
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Email Print Comment Photos (3) Upload Photos and Videos If Tuesday’s presidential primary was nothing but a Republican beauty contest, then Rick Santorum was crowned Mr. Missouri and Mr. Congeniality. Santorum cruised to an easy 30-percentage point win over Mitt Romney, and received more than half the Republican vote in the state. “Conservatism is alive in Missouri and Minnesota,” Santorum told the crowd attending his victory party at the St. Charles Convention Center. “I hope you have been listening to our message. Mitt Romney has the same positions as Barack Obama,” Santorum said in his victory speech. Santorum said he isn’t claiming to be the conservative alternative to Romney, but he is claiming to be the conservative …
The presidential primary is set for the Feb. 7 ballot, Super Tuesday, but Missouri's March 17 caucus will help choose the Republican presidential nominee.
Even with presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s visit to St. Charles County, Missouri is looking like an outsider in the presidential candidate selection process. Among those calling Missouri’s Feb. 7 presidential primary “meaningless" is Politico blogger Reid J. Epstein. One Republican presidential frontrunner, Newt Gingrich, won’t even be on the Missouri ballot. The state’s Republican primary is nonbinding. The Republican nominee will be chosen at a March 17 caucus rather than the primary. State Republican officials chose to go with a March caucus after the state Legislature failed to move the primary, as reported by the St. Louis Beacon. The national Republican and Democratic parties ruled that only four states could have primaries or …