Santorum Wins Three States: What Does It Mean?

Matthew Dowd breaks down what the victories mean for the Republican race.
2:20 | 02/08/12

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Straight her political analyst Matthew dad -- -- a little bit more. I'm this nappy boy you know -- the voters just do not want this nomination fight and how origin -- -- day. Well it's an amazing thing George -- psyche after Florida he thought he'd gotten engaged in a wedding date was set. And the voters gave ms. ring back and said we're gonna flirt with this guy from Pittsburgh for awhile I mean it is them the -- Turn of events for Mitt Romney he thought he had this -- I'm reminded of a song by Faith Hill. And Tim McGraw that says forgetting everything between our rise and fall like we never loved at all with the that is second a terrible thing for Mitt Romney at this -- but we have to bring Santa Fe contends later in the program but let's look. On the other hand. -- has the money. He does have the organization he's got the advantage of the split opposition Rick Santorum Ron Paul Newt Gingrich all staying -- he's still the front runner -- -- Yeah he's the front runner George but he's much he's a much more damage front runner now -- lose three races in one night as you know is a huge deal and to lose them. Two of them by the margins he lost them by. As John pointed out is an amazing situation so yes he has the resources. And yes he has the organization but what we've learned in this race is spells don't always determine who's -- who's who's the Victor looked -- in these things and it's a it's a troublesome situation now this thing is now. I expect to go all the way until June at least until June which is not what the Mitt Romney folks why not at all of course -- -- to those states he lost last night back in 2000. Eight also the other point made by John Berman right at the end of the species sea after all of this big wins Mitt Romney wants to focus on. President Obama that's his big prize but -- got to turn to his right. And be back with Santorum beat that Newt Gingrich and that prevents him from reaching out to the moderate and independent voters he will need in November. -- Yeah and I think in Georgia and the other thing that has developed here that's interesting is as the economy has begun to slowly improve what's happened is. The voters are now turning more to a focus on social and cultural issues as -- exceeded the Planned Parenthood issue that came -- and the contraception issue related to the Catholic church and the ruling body Obama administration. The voters seem to now as the economy gets better seem to now focus more on -- social and cultural issues that helps Rick Santorum and that hurts Mitt Romney. -- connected thanks very much long way to go in this fight.

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