Rick Santorum's surprise Colorado win boosts his momentum

8:00 PM, Feb 8, 2012   |    comments
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DECISION 2012 ELECTION COVERAGE

In the end, Sen. Rick Santorum pulled out a surprise win in Colorado, which gave him a three-state sweep on Tuesday.

"One of the great gifts that I have had in my political career is that no one ever thinks that I can ever win anything," Santorum joked at a stop in a Texas church on Wednesday.

Santorum is able to make bolder statements than ever before, which he did in his victory speech Tuesday night.

"I don't stand here to claim to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. I stand here to be the conservative alternative to Barack Obama," Santorum said.

Romney, who had been squarely focused on President Obama, was forced to mention one of his opponents.

"This was a good night Rick Santorum," Romney said. "I want to congratulate Senator Santorum, wish him the very best. We'll keep on campaigning down the road, but I expect to become our nominee with your help."

Santorum put a lot of energy into campaigning in Colorado, but Metro State College Political Scientist Norman Provizer says the win had more to do with the overall mood of Republicans.

"Santorum in some ways is the last non-Romney standing," Provizer said.

Right now, Santorum has a good story to tell and a lot of momentum behind him.

"But this is a game in which momentum seems to change every two innings," Provizer said.

There are only a few contests during the rest of February. The next big milestone on the campaign trail will be Super Tuesday, which takes place March 6. Ten states will hold primaries and caucuses that night.

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