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Rick Santorum wins non-binding Missouri contest, Minnesota caucuses
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) ' Rick Santorum says his victories in Minnesota's caucuses and Missouri's non-binding primary are triumphs for conservatism and the tea party movement.
Speaking at a campaign rally in Missouri as results came in Tuesday, Santorum said his victories will resonate across the country, including in Massachusetts, the home of Mitt Romney, the putative GOP front-runner.
Santorum says he doesn't want to be a conservative alternative to Romney ' he says he wants to be the conservative alternative to President Barack Obama.
Santorum is tying Romney to Obama, saying they support similar policies. Santorum says Obama thinks he is smarter than voters and that the president supports radical ideas.
Santorum says Republicans need a candidate who draws sharp contrasts with Obama. He says he's the only candidate who can do that.