SANTORUM WINS KEY PRIMARIES

US REPUBLICAN presidential candidate Rick Santorum won critical primaries in Mississippi and Alabama in the early hours yesterday, narrowly defeating Newt Gingrich and front-runner Mitt Romney. Santorum’s wins put pressure on Gingrich to withdraw from the race, although he has pledged to continue campaigning until the Republican convention in August. Despite Santorum’s wins in the deep south, Romney continues to lead the Republican race, with a total of 494 delegates out of the 1,144 needed to secure the presidential nomination.
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