Mar 13, 2012

News Alert: Santorum Wins Mississippi and Alabama Primaries

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The New York Times
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 -- 10:59 PM EDT
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Santorum Wins Mississippi and Alabama Primaries

Rick Santorum captured both Republican primaries in Mississippi and Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a forceful rebuke to Mitt Romney's hopes of demonstrating political strength in the South as he grinds toward his party's nomination.

The failure by Mr. Romney to emerge as a victor in the three-way battle with Mr. Santorum and Newt Gingrich was underscored by his weakness with the Republican party's traditional constituencies. Mr. Romney lost among very conservative voters and evangelical Christians, according to exit polls.

Mr. Gingrich appeared poised to come in second in both states Tuesday night, ahead of Mr. Romney but having failed to deliver any first-place victories in southern states outside of his home state of Georgia.

The immediate question for Mr. Gingrich will be whether pressure mounts for him to exit the race to allow conservatives to coalesce behind someone other than Mr. Romney.

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