Rick Santorum Sweeps 3 States

GOP underdog tops frontrunner Mitt Romney in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado.
3:53 | 02/08/12

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A shocker. Delivered last night by your voice your vote a clean sweep by the Republican underdog Rick Santorum taking all three states. Missouri Minnesota Colorado and a lot of people saying it was a David vs Goliath tonight. So what does the Republican Goliath Mitt Romney -- now ABC's David -- been reporting on the Romney camp all day tell us benefit -- what's next. And we wanted to know -- they rattle the campaign -- this was governor Romney rattled and I was told today no. But would they intellectual want -- -- -- states last night yes they point out Senator McCain though lost more than a dozen states on the way to his nomination a long fight ahead. But tonight there is someone else who's been given the brand new fuel. Anything getting in on -- and hand to date the group prayer in Texas after Rick Santorum -- Supporters -- -- informs moment in the spotlight after winning Colorado Minnesota and Missouri -- last. -- putting up moments after stunning victories at this time the difference he wasn't wildly outspent to get an opportunity to see what -- campaign looks like. When one candidate is and outspent five for ten to war. By negative acts but these same spot -- also reveals the scope of Mitt Romney's losses for years he clearly won two of those three states. He delivered then. -- -- -- to now this was a good night for Rick Santorum. And when you dig into -- these numbers last night political observers say you also see something else. Only 13 as many people in Minnesota came out to vote for him as came out of 2008. Only 13 as many people -- on the Missouri as came out of 2000. The Romney campaign and static with me today that this has less to do -- enthusiasm -- they say it more to do with Santorum simply spending more time in -- states than rob media. Regardless late today it was clear from governor -- himself that he recognizes Santorum as his immediate threat. Rick Santorum was a major here market continues to defend earmarks under Rick Santorum I believe that while. Senator Santorum was serving more than santorum's record -- could be greater concern about the part of Santorum story. That resonates with blue collar Republicans the immigrant grandfather who worked in the coal mines which might explain my last night we heard this from governor Romney. About his father. My father never graduated from college. He apprentice as a laugh and plaster carpenter and he's pretty good -- he actually could take a handful of males stick given the -- And and then -- and they'll spit him out pointy end forward. Of course Romney's father went -- to become governor of mr. -- ran for president himself. West -- running campaign today are they concerned about the time now spent on Santorum whether that's time lost against President Obama. They indicated they believe -- plenty of time to take aim at Obama and his stewardship of this economy but Diane there's a wrinkle there too. With a slightly improving jobs pictures of Santorum and an economy that's slightly shifting. And we're joined now by George Stephanopoulos thank you David he has a quick Good Morning America anchor anchor of this week some short hop. You told -- have a -- to Mexico and I ask you if anything could derail Romney said nothing we can foresee. He is the all but certain nominee right now -- to repeat that I I think he is the almost all but certain how many right now yes and I think that is a view shared. -- top Republican strategist and the Obama campaign. Right now but there is no question that Mitt Romney has taken heat here and one that he did not expect especially. In Colorado. And you know I talk to one Republican strategist said the problem is. If he can take out this field Republican primaries. How can beat President Obama that's the big concern so what do they see the vulnerability they have to address some what do you think he's gonna do. Well number one he's got to take out Rick Santorum in Michigan he's got to win there and then beyond that here's the problem. He's turning to his right looking to his right in. To attract conservatives to -- Santorum that he is ceding the middle exceeding those independent voters he needs to beat Obama got eighteen points from last month. But first things first they know they have to take it take -- Santorum. Then -- will turn that.

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