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Santorum Wins in Colorado

1:06 AM, Feb 8, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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CNN projects Rick Santorum the winner of tonight's Republican caucuses in Colorado. Currently, Santorum is receiving 38 percent of the vote, while rival Mitt Romney is receiving 37 percent. Less than 500 votes separate the two front-runners. Gingrich is at 13 percent, and Paul is at 12 percent. 80 percent of precincts are reporting.

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum

This victory in Colorado caps off a big night for Santorum, who previously won tonight's contests in Missouri and Minnesota.

Romney did not win any states today, though he won Nevada over the weekend, as well as the Florida and New Hampshire contests before that. Santorum, for his part, previously won Iowa, making him unbeaten in Midwestern states. Gingrich previously won the South Carolina Republican primary. 

Santorum leads his rivals in number of states won, though Romney carries a delegate lead over his rivals. (The full delegate count is available here.)

UPDATE: With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Santorum has won Colorado with 40 percent of the vote. Romney received 35 percent, while Gingrich was held to 13 percent and Paul to only 12 percent. In raw vote totals, Santorum received 26,580, Romney 23,097, Gingrich 8,457, and Paul 7,782. A total of only 66,091 votes were cast in this year's Colorado caucuses, compared with 70,229 in the 2008 Republican primary. (Incidentally, Romney won this state in 2008, when he received over 60 percent of the vote, or 42,218 votes.)

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