Santorum Sweep

It’s looking like this could be a three-way race at least through Super Tuesday, which is in about a month.

RIck Santorum swept caucuses in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota yesterday.

Most interesting was Minnesota, where Santorum won 45% of the vote, compared to a third place Romney, who got only 17% of the vote. As Michelle Malkin pointed out, so much for the value of a Tim Pawlenty endorsement in the Gopher State. In 2008, Romney received 41% of the caucus vote in Minnesota, so Santorum’s big win there removed another brick from the “most electable candidate” structure the GOP establishment has hastily constructed around Mitt this year.

Here’s a rough delegate count so far, but keep in mind that even though Santorum won three state caucuses yesterday, no delegates have actually been awarded yet:

Romney: 106
Gingrich: 38
Santorum: 22
Paul: 20

The delegate process will take place in the near future at district conventions and precinct caucuses.

Super Tuesday will pretty much make or break the pack, but at least Romney’s getting some serious challenge.

Here are some clips from Santorum, Romney, Gingrich and Paul speeches last night. I liked Santorum’s “conservatism won” line — and it’s convincing because for the most part he can say that without having to fake it to some degree. My second favorite was Gingrich’s dig on how unemployment figures are calculated under the rules of Obamanomics: “Under that model, there is zero percent unemployment if we all quit looking for work”:

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