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Santorum wins Minnesota and Missouri

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ST. PAUL -- Rick Santorum appeared to be the winner of Minnesota's Republican presidential caucus straw poll tonight.

National news media began to project him the winner at 9:30 p.m.

He also won a primary today in Missouri, his first victory since taking the Iowa caucuses a month ago.

In a mixture of returns from across Minnesota, Santorum earned 45 percent of those taking part in the nonbinding straw poll with 31 percent of precincts reporting.

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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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