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Santorum's Twin Wins Deepen the Grooves in Divided GOP Race

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Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during his election night party, Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in Lafayette, La. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Rick Santorum's twin victories in Alabama and Mississippi Tuesday night did more to reaffirm than realign the basic patterns of support driving the GOP presidential race. 
The narrow wins of his opponent underscored front-runner Mitt Romney's inability to expand beyond his base of support in the GOP's upscale managerial wing. But the results also highlighted the durable limits of Santorum's support beyond his core constituency of evangelical Christians. Indeed, the close races in both states did as much to highlight the weaknesses as strengths of both of the leading contenders.

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