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Santorum Wins Minnesota Republican Caucuses, Networks Project

Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum
Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum. Photographer: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Rick Santorum won the Minnesota Republican caucuses, television networks projected, his second victory out of three contests today as he revived his candidacy and aimed to establish himself as the main alternative to Mitt Romney in the party’s presidential race.

Networks including MSNBC and CNN called the race for Santorum.

Santorum had 46 percent of the vote in Minnesota, with 33 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press tally. U.S. Representative Ron Paul of Texas had 27 percent, followed by Romney with 16 percent and former U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich with 11 percent.

Santorum also won today’s non-binding primary in Missouri. He had 55 percent of the vote, with 81 percent of precincts reporting, according to the AP. The so-called beauty contest primary has no bearing on allocation of the state’s convention delegates, which will be awarded at caucuses beginning next month.

Caucuses are also being conducted tonight in Colorado.

Santorum, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, before today hadn’t run strongly in any contest since he defeated Mitt Romney by 34 votes in the lead-off Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3 -- a result announced more than two weeks later by state officials.

To contact the reporters on this story: Catherine Dodge in Washington at cdodge1@bloomberg.net; Kristin Jensen in Washington at kjensen@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jeanne Cummings at jcummings21@bloomberg.net

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