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Santorum Takes 2 Races in South; Romney Is Third.

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Rick Santorum captured twin victories in the Alabama and Mississippi primaries on Tuesday, overcoming the financial advantages of Mitt Romney and the Southern allegiances toNewt Gingrich on a night that amplified his argument that the Republican nominating fight is becoming a two-man race with Mr. Romney.

The triumphs by Mr. Santorum elevated and strengthened his candidacy as the Republican campaign rolls ahead into a state-by-state battle for delegates. An aggressive push by Mr. Romney to try and capitalize on the divided conservative electorate failed to take hold, and he finished third in both states.

“We did it again,” Mr. Santorum said, addressing jubilant supporters in Louisiana, which holds its Republican primary next week. “The time is now for conservatives to pull together.”

A week after Super Tuesday cemented the status of Mr. Romney and Mr. Santorum as the leading Republican candidates, the outcome of the Alabama and Mississippi primaries strengthened Mr. Santorum’s argument that he should emerge as the final competitor to Mr. Romney. But Mr. Gingrich, who finished a close second in both states, noted that he earned about as many delegates as his rivals. He pledged to take his candidacy to the Republican convention in August.

“The elite media’s efforts to convince the nation that Mitt Romney is inevitable just collapsed,” Mr. Gingrich said, addressing a subdued crowd here in Birmingham. “If you’re the front-runner and you keep coming in third, you’re not much of a front-runner.”

Republican strategists in Mississippi and Alabama said that Mr. Romney underperformed in key areas across their states, even in places where the party establishment was expected to rally behind him. His advisers said that he was still in the strongest position to win the party’s nomination and would forge ahead with his state-by-state strategy to win delegates.

“We will be increasing our delegate count in a very substantial way after tonight,” Mr. Romney said in a statement Tuesday evening, forgoing a traditional election night speech or victory rally. He added, “We are even closer to the nomination.”

Early on Wednesday, Mr. Romney was able to add to his delegate tally for the day with an apparent triumph inHawaii’s Republican caucuses, the A.P. reported, as well as a victory in American Samoa.

The Alabama and Mississippi primaries, along with the Hawaii caucuses on Tuesday, pushed the Republican presidential contest beyond the halfway mark. Voters in 27 states have now weighed in on the process of selecting delegates for the party’s nominating convention, but have brought only limited clarity to the race.

While voters in the two Southern states were closely divided on their preferred Republican presidential candidate, they found more agreement on the top quality they were looking for: the ability to defeat President Obama. In both states, exit polls found, Mr. Romney had a strong electability edge, but it was not enough to overcome concerns that he was not sufficiently conservative.

While Mr. Romney still holds many advantages over his rivals as the race moves to the Missouri caucuses on Saturday and the Illinois primary next week, his aides acknowledge that he is unlikely to reach the 1,144 delegates needed to secure the nomination for at least two more months. His challengers have gradually given up on the idea of surpassing him and have turned to a strategy of trying to block him from reaching the delegates he needs before the convention.

While he played down his defeats on Tuesday night, Mr. Romney had campaigned aggressively in Mississippi and Alabama in pursuit of the combined 90 delegates at stake, but also to demonstrate that he could appeal to Republicans in Southern states, the party’s base. He struggled to make that appeal to a majority of the party’s primary electorate.

The race here, as in other parts of the country, often seemed as though it revolved largely around Mr. Romney. His leading rivals repeatedly criticized him — his record as governor of Massachusetts and his evolving views on social issues provided chief targets — in hopes of planting doubts about his candidacy and improving their own standing with voters.

Mr. Santorum, who was significantly outspent by Mr. Romney and the “super PAC” that is supporting his candidacy, hailed the grass-roots supporters who fueled his campaign.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/14/us/politics/mississippi-alabama-primary.html?ref=todayspaper

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