The Missouri primary is the only so-called “beauty contest” in the Republican presidential race this year.
But it might be remembered as where things got a little ugly for Mitt Romney.
Rick Santorum’s massive win in the meaningless Show Me State primary on Tuesday highlighted a strong day overall for the former Pennsylvania senator.
With big wins in Missouri and Minnesota — two of the three states holding contests Tuesday — Santorum has cast at least some doubt on Romney’s presumptive nominee status for the entire three-week lull period before another state casts its votes.
And Missouri, despite being the most inconsequential race of the day when it comes to the GOP delegate race, may actually have been the most important to the narrative going forward.