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Santorum wins latest battles


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Rick Santorum was the winner of the latest round of state primaries, taking both Alabama and Mississippi.

In Alabama, Santorum took 32.9% of the vote with Newt Gingrich on 31.3 and Mitt Romney on 30.3%. Ron Paul trailed on 4.4%.

In Mississippi, Santorum took 34.5% with Newt Gingrich on 29.3 and Mitt Romney on 29.0%. Ron Paul finished fourth again with 5%.

In Hawaii, the only caucus yesterday, Romney won the state with 45.0% of the vote. Santorum came second with 25.3%, Ron Paul was third with 18.6% and Newt Gingrich trailed on 11.1%.

The latest round keeps the Republican presidential nomination battle wide open, when Mitt Romney would have hoped to have sealed the competition by now. Clearly he is struggling with the southern states whilst there appears to be some momentum building behind the Santorum campaign.

Romney remains, however, the favourite with 476 delegates after these latest contests, whilst Rick Santorum has 229 delegates, Newt Gingrich is on 140 and Ron Paul has 64 delegates. The winning line is 1,144 delegates.

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