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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / Campaign 2012

Santorum Wins Alabama Primary

March 13, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum won the Alabama primary on Tuesday night, according to NBC News, a victory that gives him both bragging rights and an argument for staying in the nomination race against long odds.

 Mitt Romney, the Mormon former governor of Massachusetts, fell short despite late predictions of an upset β€” and potential knockout blow β€” in a part of the country far from his comfort zone. His loss guaranteed the fractious primary process will continue for now.

 The results were a setback for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who represented suburban Atlanta in the House and had counted on a strong showing in the South. Both Gingrich and Santorum lag far behind Romney in advancing toward the 1,144 convention delegates needed to lock up the nomination.

 

 Gingrich has vowed to stay in the race until the August convention in Tampa, but pressure on him to drop out was mounting even before his latest loss. Some of it was coming from Santorum, a favorite of evangelical and very conservative voters who, like Gingrich, wants a clear shot at Romney. β€œIt would be great if he would get out of the race,” Santorum said of Gingrich Tuesday before the polls closed.

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