Rick Santorum Wins Big in Southern Primaries

The former Pennsylvania senator won in Alabama and Mississippi.
3:28 | 03/14/12

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It turned out of that southern sweep for Rick Santorum. Mitt Romney was hoping for decisive blow yesterday -- -- those two wins in Alabama and Mississippi Santorum has made himself a clear conservative choice. And guarantees a good long fight before this nomination is finally wrapped up its today's your voice your vote. ABC's John Berman here with the all the -- -- -- a night John good morning George you know the Romney team really thought they might have a chance for a clean kill here. When he at least one of those states -- out. That didn't happen at all in the instead it -- a -- and -- on the southern sweep. A lot of S is there but more importantly a lot of new momentum for Santorum in serious new questions for Newt Gingrich. Okay. Despite the polls despite the pundits overnight -- Since -- moment to read we did again. Punch in the gut to Mitt Romney who only hours before suggested senator Santorum is that the a desperate and of his campaign and is trying. In some way to. To boost his prospects -- Santorum had a message for Romney he also had a subtle notes to new Gingrich it's media it's time to get out. So he -- for a moment could ever. Clear shot -- Mitt Romney. The time is now. For conservatives to pull together. The time is now to make sure. To make sure. That we have the best chance to win this election. Gingrich whose aides had suggested he needed to win both southern state to continue -- Said he's not going anywhere instead pretty sharp -- towards the press and Romney. One of the things tonight proved. Is that the elite media's effort to convince the nation. The -- Romney is inevitable. Just collapsed. Steel wires some conservatives pushing for a Gingrich withdrawal look at these numbers half of voters in Alabama and Mississippi said Romney is not conservative enough. But these voters with -- admitted Romney concerns split between Santorum and Gingrich they -- pulling boats from each other. As for Romney -- he finished. Notes gates despite his attempts at a southern drawl morning gal a huge evangelical vote eighty plus percent might -- held him back. But he was still the candidate voters thought most likely to -- President Obama. And Romney did manage winds overnight in Hawaii and yes. American Samoa important believe it or not because even with the losses down south he collected key delegates perhaps even more. -- Rick Santorum so the big picture here is that Ronnie is still in control it's still hard from to lose. What this does increase his -- comfort level -- Iowa because he predicted that -- in the days before. Absolutely he said expectations he did anybody as you point out with those other wins he's likely to -- is -- -- -- -- -- For Mitt Romney. Right now and what he's trying to avoid. Is -- a two person race. With Rick Santorum which is -- -- -- -- trying so hard to push Newt Gingrich and Newt Gingrich was defiant last night saying you're -- hear a lot elite media about me getting out I'm not going to do it but the pressure will increase. Every day now for him to Levy -- the poll numbers there if he did he does -- -- does appear to be some kind of -- Rick Santorum and the pressure now on the -- need to do very well next Tuesday in Illinois Illinois the big next -- -- Puerto -- Missouri coming up -- there are minor compared to Illinois Mitt Romney should -- -- and should do well there but Rick Santorum could stage a big fight but he still got the delegate -- Mitt Romney goes on inside Africa thanks very much.

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