Republican Ron Paul said front-runner Mitt Romney’s inability to brush back challenges in votes Tuesday “opens up the door” to him and others looking to deny the former Massachusetts governor the party’s presidential nomination.
The Texas congressman was headed for a solid second-place in Minnesota’s caucuses, which were won by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Santorum also won Missouri and was in the hunt for a victory in Colorado’s caucuses.
“I’m a little surprised.
I thought Romney would have some of this automatic carryover,” Paul told The Associated.
“It certainly doesn’t hurt us.”Paul was on course to capture more than a quarter of Minnesota’s vote.
He was a distant third in Missouri’s non-binding primary and far back in Colorado.
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