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Santorum won the Republican presidential primaries in Alabama and Mississippi

Washington – The Republican conservative Rick Santorum has been crowned winner of the primary votes of the States of Alabama and Mississippi last night, while Mitt Romney, who was brilliant victories in each of these two states, seemed destined to finish third rank in both places.

In Alabama, where the results of 80% of electoral districts had been counted, Mr. Santorum was dominant with 35% of the vote compared to 29% for Newt Gingrich and 28% for Mr. Romney. Moreover, after the unveiling of 97% of districts in the state of Mississippi, Mr. Santorum reaping the support of 33% of the electorate, against 31% for Mr. Gingrich and 30% for Mitt Romney. The fourth candidate in the race, the libertarian Ron Paul, has not actively campaigned in both states.

“We did it once more,” Rick Santorum has launched a cheering crowd, in Lafayette, Louisiana, shortly before he was declared the winner in Mississippi.

Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor has a substantial lead in the number of delegates who will nominate the Republican candidate at the party convention in Tampa, Florida, in August. A total of 107 delegates were at stake last night.

Before the primaries yesterday, Mr. Romney had more delegates than the total land acquired by his rivals. According to a tally by the Associated Press, he then held 454 of 1,144 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination, against 217 for Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and 107 for 47 to Ron Paul.

Rick Santorum was provided to add at least 18 delegates, while MM. Gingrich and Romney will reap at least nine each. Mr. Santorum’s victory in Mississippi assured to add 13 more delegates to his bank, compared to 12 for its two main rivals.

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