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Rick Santorum pulls ahead in three states, says 'conservatism is alive and well'

Minnesota's Republicans cheered Rick Santorum, snubbed Mitt Romney and awarded Ron Paul his best performance yet on a night that Santorum says leaves the race "in no-man's land."
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Rick Santorum won big on Tuesday night, with victories in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado.

The Associated Press says Santorum's hot streak reflects Mitt Romney's failure to court conservatives and undercuts Newt Gingrich's claim to being the second-place challenger. Santorum himself tells CNN the race is now "in no-man's land."

The Washington Post seems to think we're the land of 10,000 electoral surprises. The paper says Minnesota's strong rebuke of Mitt Romney is right up there with the state electing a former wrestler to the governors office and putting an SNL comedian in the Senate.

Santorum's victory and Romney's snubbing weren't the only surprises to come out of Minnesota. The state also awarded Ron Paul with 27 percent of the vote, his best performance yet, according to Smart Politics.

Talking Points Memo ranks how the candidates performed county by county (Interesting: Romney didn't win a single county in Minnesota).

Hamline Prof. David Schultz, who points out that no delegates were awarded on Tuesday, tallies up where the candidates are sitting. He writes, "Santorum’s victories raise big questions" about Romney's campaign.

And Minnesota Public Radio captures Minnesota caucus night in photos.

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