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Santorum Sweeps: Stops Romney in Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado

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0  Updated at 9:47 am, February 8th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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Whitney Curtis/Getty Images(SAINT CHARLES, Mo.) — Rick Santorum won all three Republican voting contests Tuesday night, breaking Mitt Romney’s winning streak and denying him the image of an unstoppable front-runner.

Based on ABC News projections, Santorum won the Missouri primary and the Minnesota caucus.  The Colorado GOP also tells ABC News that Santorum won that state’s caucus.

In Missouri and Colorado, Romney came in second, though he didn’t do as well in Minnesota, where he got third.

Ron Paul placed second in Minnesota, while falling to third in Missouri and fourth in Colorado.  Newt Gingrich, who wasn’t on the Missouri ballot, finished fourth in Minnesota and third in Colorado.

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At a victory rally in Missouri, Santorum predicted that Romney would be denied his oft-noted massive campaign organization come the fall.  And he said of his own supporters’ cheers that “in Massachusetts, they were heard particularly loud tonight.”

“We doubled ’em up here and in Minnesota,” Santorum said to cheers.

Romney, meanwhile, didn’t have a chance to give a victory speech.  Speaking in Colorado as he trailed Santorum in the vote count there, the former Massachusetts governor said that “the race is too close to call in Colorado at this point, but I’m pretty confident we’ll come in number one or number two.”

“This was a good night for Rick Santorum,” said Romney, who called Santorum after the results in Missouri and Minnesota were reported, though he left a message because he didn’t get through to him.  “I want to congratulate Sen. Santorum.  I wish him the very best.”

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