Is this Super Tuesday lite? In the Colorado and Minnesota caucuses there are 36 and 40 delegates at stake, respectively. In the Missouri non-binding primary there are none. Missouri holds its official caucus on March 17th.
Why is this significant? Why is there so much attention focused on two caucuses one month ahead of Super Tuesday? One word: momentum.
What would a 3-state sweep tonight mean for Mitt Romney? Would the remaining candidates bow out in spite of promises to fight through until the end? Would it mean a clinch in the name of inevitability? What would happen if these three states were split among three candidates? Would that knock Romney off kilter? Many news outlets are reporting that Rick Santorum could easily win Minnesota. Some claim Minnesota could go to Ron Paul. What would this mean for the Romney camp?
- Who will win the Colorado caucus?
- Who will win the Minnesota caucus?
- Who will win the Missouri non-binding primary?
- Will any candidates drop out after tonight?
RESULTS (as of 6:47am EST)
Colorado (99% reporting):
Santorum - 40%
Romney - 35%
Gingrich - 13%
Paul - 12%
Minnesota (89% reporting):
Santorum - 45%
Paul - 27%
Romney - 17%
Gingrich - 11%
Missouri (99% reporting):
Santorum - 55%
Romney - 25%
Paul - 12%
It looks like this is going to be a long fight. What do you think? What does this do for Romney?