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Rick Santorum Projected to Win Alabama, Mississippi Primaries

ABC News(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) --ABC projected Rick Santorum would win the Alabama and Mississippi primaries, giving the former Pennsylvania senator high-stakes victories in key Southern contests Tuesday.

Mitt Romney, who still holds a commanding delegate lead for the nomination, trailed in third place behind Newt Gingrich in both races, with majorities of precincts reporting.

Santorum's victories came after a week of polls that showed the three challengers running virtually neck-and-neck in both states, which award delegates on a proportional basis.

Late Tuesday night Romney had 471 delegates, Santorum had 238 and Gingrich had 126 total delegates. A candidate needs 1,144 to secure the nomination.

But the Alabama and Mississippi wins will provide a boost to Santorum, even though he will still be well behind in the race for delegates. Before polls closed Tuesday, Romney said Santorum was "at the desperate end" of his campaign -- a prediction that may prove premature after Tuesday's results.

The candidates did not stick around for results.

"We did it again," Santorum declared at an event in Louisiana. He said that despite Romney's deep campaign pockets, he has won in the Midwest and South and is forcing the Romney campaign back on its heels. He heads to Puerto Rico Wednesday to campaign.

Romney spent the night in Missouri, which holds a state caucus Saturday. Santorum won a non-binding primary there in February.

Gingrich stayed in Alabama to watch the results, which he said dealt a blow to Romney.

"If you're the front runner and you keep coming in third, you're not much of a front-runner," Gingrich said.

Alabama and Mississippi were not the only states holding nominating contests on Tuesday night. Hawaii was also holding caucuses, but final results will not be available until early Wednesday morning and American Samoa was also finalizing the results of its caucuses.

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LIVE BLOG: Michigan and Arizona GOP Primary Results

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Mitt Romney is trying to hang on in his home state and win the Republican primary in Michigan. ABC News and Yahoo News offer live analysis as returns roll in when polls close at 9 p.m. ET. Follow the conversation and get the latest news.

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Mitt Romney Projected to Win New Hampshire Primary

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- ABC News projects that Mitt Romney will win the nation's first primary in New Hampshire, marking the first time since 1976 that a Republican candidate has won the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary back to back.

Based on the exit poll data and ABC News' analysis of the vote in so far, Rep. Ron Paul is projected to be second and Jon Huntsman will place third.

Crowds at Romney's gathering in New Hampshire erupted in cheers as the results were announced.

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In a race in which electability was the top concern for voters, most picked the former Massachusetts governor as the GOP candidate most likely to beat President Obama. Underscoring GOP unhappiness with the current administration, exit polls showed that eight in 10 New Hampshire primary voters were either dissatisfied or downright angry with the Obama administration, mainly stemming from economic discontent.

Independents turned out in greater-than-usual numbers in the primaries, a trend that could bode well for Romney in November if he nabs the nomination. Independent voters are expected to play a crucial role in this swing state for both the incumbent president and his challenger. 

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Exit polls showed that concerns about electability, economic discontent and a less conservative but more divided base than in Iowa last week helped shape the New Hampshire primary.

Though experts say the race is far from decided, the Granite State has a good track record of picking the eventual nominee on the Republican side.

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