Live Blog: Caucus Results…Will Man on Dog Prevail?

Oh Boy!

What a day…one minute we are getting news that Karen Handel is now Quiterella II, Prop 8 gets voted down, Obama may cave to the Catholic Religious Right and Santorum may actually carry the three states having Primary Elections/Caucuses tonight.

A protestor "glitter bombed" Rick Santorum at a campaign rally in Blaine, Minn., on Tuesday.
Ben Garvin/Getty ImagesA protestor “glitter bombed” Rick Santorum at a campaign rally in Blaine, Minn., on Tuesday.

Mitt Romney’s campaign sought to downplay the importance of three non-binding presidential contests Tuesday evening, as one of the former Massachusetts governor’s underdog challengers aimed to revive his flagging campaign through strong performances in several low-profile contests.

Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator and Iowa caucus winner who has struggled to break through in national polls, hoped that by upsetting Romney and conservative challenger Newt Gingrich in one or more of the evening’s votes, he could emerge as Romney’s most formidable opponent on the right.

Republicans in Minnesota and Colorado were set to head to caucus sites, while voters in Missouri have been casting ballots in a presidential preference poll (an actual caucus vote will be held on March 17). Delegates are not technically awarded in the three contests tonight, but will be bestowed later in state party meetings.

Still, campaigning in Blaine Tuesday afternoon, Santorum spun the day as a potential turning point in the Republican presidential primary.

“I feel great that Minnesota is going to change the direction of this race tonight,” Santorum said.

Romney is not looking to win big: Romney Camp Sets Expectations To Zero For Tuesday Contests | TPM2012

Tuesday night sees GOP caucus contests in Colorado, Missouri and Minnesota. And it would seem the Romney campaign’s internal polling suggests things aren’t looking too great for the GOP frontrunner in any of them. His team is scrambling to submerge expectations to ocean-floor depths, sending out a memo downplaying the contests’ importance and stressing that the March 6 Super Tuesday states should be the real test of Romney’s momentum.

The polls in Missouri close at 8pm…Minnesota caucuses begin at that time so let’s just get down to the results.

Here are some sites where you can find the results…

H/T Boston Boomer for this link:

Here Come The Results GOP Candidates Tested In Three More States Talking Points Memo | Breaking News and Analysis | TPM

The remaining GOP presidential candidates face tests in three states tonight: Missouri, Colorado and Minnesota. Follow every twist and turn at TPMLiveWire.


Live blog of Tuesday’s GOP contests – CNN Political Ticker – Blogs

Seventy delegates are at stake in Tuesday’s Republican presidential contests, the largest haul to date in the race for the White House. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are vying for the delegates up for grabs in the Colorado and Minnesota caucuses. No delegates are at stake in the non-binding Missouri primary.

You can follow election results on Twitter with hashtag: #cnnelections

This should get you caught up until now:

7:24 p.m. ET – Bachmann said the Minnesota caucuses “literally could go to any of the four candidates.”

And although she said she doesn’t regret dropping her White House bid, she did say, “I miss the debates most of all.”

7:21 p.m. ET – Former presidential candidate and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said she did not participate in her state’s caucuses because she was doing her job in the House. She told @wolfblitzercnn she “would be if I could.”

7:17 p.m. ET@stevebruskCNN: Where next? Romney campaigns (and raises $$) in Atlanta tomorrow. Gingrich tours Cleveland plant. Santorum holds events in Dallas area.

For the State of Colorado Republican Party Caucus Results

For the State Of Missouri | Election Night Reporting

Minnesota caucuses: results, visits and political geography – 2012 Campaign Republican Primary Tracker – The Washington Post – The Washington Post

Politics and Government – 2012 Presidential Watch – The Caucus Blog –

We will keep things updated in the comments below, see you there.

38 Comments on “Live Blog: Caucus Results…Will Man on Dog Prevail?”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    From CNN:

    8:08 p.m. ET – @David_Gergen: Watch tonite : is Romney electable in Midwest (Minn, Missouri)? If Obama wins big in Midwest, almost the ball game. #CNNElections

    8:06 p.m. ET – See a ballot from a precinct in Castle Rock, Colorado here.

    8:02 p.m. ET – @jimacostacnn: Quiet night so far from Team Romney. No emails on sked, endorsements, or surrogate attacks on rivals in about five hours.

    8:00 p.m. ET – @stevebruskCNN: Gingrich to Wolf Blitzer: “at the rate we’re going you could have the first open convention since 1940”

    7:55 p.m. ET – Gingrich reiterated his plan to be even with Romney among delegates by the Texas contest on April 6th. He said he spoke to Texas governor and former presidential candidate Rick Perry Tuesday and that the campaign is strong in the Lone Star State.

    7:52 p.m. ET – Gingrich said he hasn’t given up on winning the states Tuesday, but told @wolfblitzercnn he’s looking forward to other early voting states, including Ohio, Arizona, Tennessee and Michigan.

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  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    Unofficial Election Returns
    State of Missouri Presidential Preference Primary – Presidential Preference Primary
    Tuesday, February 07, 2012
    Click here for a printer friendly version

    Office Candidate Name Votes % Of Votes
    U.S. President And Vice President Precincts Reporting 5 of 3134
    Obama, Barack DEM 82 65.6%
    Terry, Randall DEM 6 4.8%
    Richardson, Darcy G. DEM 7 5.6%
    Wolfe, John DEM 5 4.0%
    Uncommitted DEM 25 20.0%
    Johnson, Gary REP 2 .7%
    Cain, Herman REP 1 .4%
    Romney, Mitt REP 88 31.8%
    Meehan, Michael J. REP 0 .0%
    Perry, Rick REP 15 5.4%
    Drummond, Keith REP 1 .4%
    Huntsman, Jon REP 1 .4%
    Bachmann, Michele REP 2 .7%
    Santorum, Rick REP 118 42.6%
    Paul, Ron REP 31 11.2%
    Uncommitted REP 18 6.5%
    Ogle, III, James Orland LIB 0 .0%
    Uncommitted LIB 1 100.0%
    Uncommitted CST 0 .0%
    Total Votes 403
    * Election results as of 7:17:05 on 2/07/2012

  3. Minkoff Minx says:

    I updated the post up top with the TPM link, they have the results of all three states updating here:

    Talking Points Memo | Breaking News and Analysis | TPM

  4. Minkoff Minx says:

    New results available. Click here to reload.
    Roll your mouse over the map to see county-level results.

    10% of precincts reporting
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    Rick Santorum

    Mitt Romney

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  5. bostonboomer says:

    Thanks for posting this, Minx. I’m rooting for Santorum, just to cause trouble with the Repugs.

  6. dakinikat says:

    CNN is projecting Santorum’s the winner in Missouri.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    CNN projects Santorum wins in MO.

  8. dakinikat says:

    Minnesota, with 9% of precincts reporting: Santorum 44%, Paul 26%, Romney 18%, Gingrich 12% — AP

  9. bostonboomer says:

    Santorum seems to be winning in CO too.

  10. so Howard Fineman on The Lawrence O’Donnell show is saying Romney’s numbers are low because he’s running such a negative campaign. Is it his bumbling campaigning & Newter’s baggage that turned all 3 states into Santorum wins? I never expected to see Santorum take the lead. This race just gets weirder & weirder.

  11. quixote says:

    I just saw somewhere — oh, the LATimes, that was it — that the MO caucus organizers and some higher ups had a schedule mix-up. The binding primary will be a month from now, and this one is a “beauty contest.”

    So, did the powers-that-be come up with that workaround quick, when they saw Santorum headed for a win? Or are they really less organized than a high school bake sale?

    • bostonboomer says:

      It has been a beauty contest for a long time. The party convention will decide the final delegate breakdown. But winning is still big for Santorum. He’s showing he can get votes in the state.

  12. bostonboomer says:

    Both CNN and MSNBC seem to be pushing the Catholic Church’s line on birth control.

    • quixote says:

      Women are going to get tossed under the bus again. Obama’s not stupid. He’s noticed that it doesn’t matter how many times he does it. Women stay all responsible and vote for him because the other guy will beat the kids up even worse.

      If their polling showed that this kind of crap would make B0 lose, he’d pivot on a dime.

    • dakinikat says:

      Axelrove was backstepping today too.

    • peggysue22 says:

      I noticed the same thing, BB. I had MSNBC on and there was a discussion of how the Catholic Church feels it’s been under attack for the last 20 years.

      I was dumbstruck. Excuse me. The pedophile cases? Who and what has been under attack, not to mention the traditionally oppressive attitudes towards women. Peggy Noonan said the Dems and Far Left [I guess that refers to people like us, who happen to think contraception is a reasonable idea] have awoken a sleeping giant and this will cost Obama the election.

      These people are delusional. 98% of Catholic women use contraception. How many families of a dozen or more do we see walking around? They provide contraception coverage through insurance packages offered at some of the Catholic Universities.

      And Rick Santorum? If he were ever to get on the ballot, I would break my vow and vote against him.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Women and children are under attack.

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        I have been writing about this for tomorrow’s post…it really has pissed me off. (So I guess you can tell the morning reads are going to be testy.)

        Have they called Colorado for Santorum yet?

        • dakinikat says:

          Denver and Boulder haven’t been counted yet. But as they are reporting in … Romney’s pulling ahead. It seems that both Missouri and Minnesota were beauty contests. No delegates from either.

  13. bostonboomer says:

    You knew it was coming. The Obama administration is looking for ways to compromise on the birth control decision.

  14. ralphb says:

    Forthy wins 3 for 3. Not a great day for Willard.

    • dakinikat says:

      Good. It means it will get uglier and more of their true nature will show.

    • northwestrain says:

      to be fair — icky Newtie needs to win the next three. There are 50 states so let’s have a three way tie of dumb, dumber and dumbest.

      • northwestrain says:

        Imagine the blood letting (not real but in virtual reality) at the GOP convention. Gee no one needs to protest — just watching the cops drag out the fighting delegates.

  15. northwestrain says:

    Rape joke that is actually funny — except that only women may be able to understand the humor. Something that women are told repeatedly — don’t go in a dark alley by yourself. . . . . . . . .