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GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks to a crowd at Paul and Babe recently in Bemidji. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Santorum sends 'loud' message with Minnesota, Missouri wins

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ST. PAUL -- Rick Santorum gained momentum in the Republican presidential race Tuesday with a convincing Minnesota precinct caucus victory.

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Santorum had 45 percent of the vote, with Ron Paul second, as nearly three-fourths of Minnesota's precincts reported.

Santorum's win in Minnesota's non-binding straw poll came on the same day that he won a Missouri primary election. A month ago, he won Iowa.

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