GOP PRESIDENTIAL RACE

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STORY: GOP PRESIDENTIAL RACEDATELINE: Feb. 8, 2012LENGTH: 0:00:57LOCATION: CATEGORY: SOCIETY VOU.S. Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum swept to victory in all three primary contests on Tuesday, trouncing frontrunner Mitt Romney in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado.*********The former Pennsylvania senator won the Missouri primary with 55 percent of the votes, followed by Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, who gained 25 percent.The Missouri contest was seen as Santorum's best chance to regain momentum in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, as the absence of Newt Gingrich gave him an opportunity to consolidate the conservative base.Santorum also swept to an easy win in the Minnesota caucuses, where conservatives account for a large portion of the electorate.The win in Minnesota was the first for Santorum since he managed to beat Romney with 34 votes in the lead-off Iowa caucuses a month ago.The results in Colorado came early Wednesday morning. The state's
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