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Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich vie for southern delegates (Monday’s Trail Mix)

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign got a jolt of momentum with his win in Saturday’s Kansas GOP caucuses.

Now the question is, will he be able to translate that momentum into wins in Alabama and Mississippi?

The two southern states hold their primaries Tuesday, along with Hawaii and the territory of American Samoa, which hold caucuses.

Both Mississippi and Alabama are where former House speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) appears to be making his last stand — and a worse-than-anticipated showing for him in both states could give Santorum further fodder for his argument that he’s the candidate best-equipped to take on President Obama in the fall.

But one thing worth keeping in mind —even if Santorum does win in Alabama, he’ll still be ineligible for four of the state’s delegates because his campaign failed to fully organize in the delegate race.

While it’s not a huge number, it still speaks to the fact that his campaign has a ways to go in overcoming its delegate woes.

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