Polls have just closed in Alabama and Mississippi. Mitt Romney wanted to put it away tonight, and that’s not happening. Before the votes were counted, the Romney camp already seemed set on skipping an election-night address.
Early exit poll results show Rick Santorum slightly ahead in Alabama and Mississippi a three-way toss-up between Santorum, Romney, and Newt Gingrich. CNN exits showed Romney and Santorum tied among evangelicals.
Romney has outspent Santorum and Gingrich 4 to 1.
Gingrich and Santorum officials have been sniping at each other all day to get out of the race.
Google’s got live election data here.
More updates as new results come in…
Update 9:54pm Eastern NBC projects Santorum the winner in Alabama. ABC follows.
Update 10:47pm Eastern Fox calls Mississippi for Santorum.
Santorum: “We did it again.”
Update 11:09pm Eastern…After losing in two states he himself declared must-win, Newt announces that he will stay in the race all the way to the convention.
Baier to Gingrich: What state can you win? Gingrich: [Filibustering into a commercial break]