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Santorum Wins Missouri 'Beauty Contest'

Big win for Rick in non-binding primary
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2012 9:03 PM CST

(Newser) – Rick Santorum won his first state since Iowa by a resounding 30-point margin. In the Missouri primary, Santorum took 55.2% of the vote to Mitt Romney's 25.3% and Ron Paul's 12.2%, according to the AP. Newt Gingrich wasn't on the ballot, an omission his campaign said was deliberate. The primary is a non-binding "beauty contest," with Missouri awarding its delegates after caucuses next month. "Conservatism is alive and well in Missouri and Minnesota!" he told cheering supporters at a rally in Missouri. (Read more Missouri primary stories.)

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