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Santorum wins: 'Conservatism alive and well'

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ST. PAUL -- Rick Santorum gained momentum in the Republican presidential race Tuesday with a convincing Minnesota precinct caucus victory.

Santorum won 45 percent of the vote, with Ron Paul second, as more than three-fourths of Minnesota's precincts reported late Tuesday.

Santorum's win in Minnesota's non-binding straw poll came on the same day that he won a Missouri primary election. A month ago, he won Iowa.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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