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Senator Rick Santorum Wins Mississippi Primary

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 13 Mar 2012 11:43pm | comments
Newt Gingrich supporters watch the results pour in.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum pulls out a narrow win in the Mississippi Republican Primary. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that the race came down to a few thousand votes.

"Well, we did it again,"

While Senator Rick Santorum gave his victory speech in Louisiana after his primary win in Mississippi, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich supporters sat at a Jackson-area and anxiously watched while the last votes were counted.

Gingrich supporter Kim McKie says the loss in Mississippi does not mean that Gingrich should stop his campaign.

"He is just going to have to go convention and fight it out and see what happens. He has got the will, and the strength, and the beliefs behind him that he can pull it off. He can do it and I think he would be a good president," McKie said.

In Downtown Jackson, supporters of Former Governor Mitt Romney slowly melted away as the night wore on and it became clear that their candidate would not win.

Among the them was Governor Phil Bryant, who endorsed Romney before the election.

Bryant says it is time for Republicans to rally around a single candidate and wrap up the campaign.

"If we go to divided convention Republicans will lose. We have done it every time that it has ever happened. We have got to settle on a nominee. I think we will and I think you will see, before we get to Tampa, we will have a nominee. And I think, I just happen to think, that it will be Mitt Romney," Bryant said.

The three way split of votes indicates that Mississippi voters are still unsure about Mitt Romney says political columnist Sid Salter.

"Obviously there are still some voters in Mississippi that just have not achieved a comfort level with Romney and it will be interesting to see how that changes if he is indeed the nominee when we go into the stretch run this fall," Salter said.

However, Salter says the result of the vote does not change the math of the primary because Mississippi's delegates are awarded proportionally...meaning Mitt Romney is still in the driver's seat to win the nomination.

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Newt Gingrich supporters watch the results pour in.


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