February 7 Primary Results: Live Updates From Minnesota, Missouri & Colorado

02/07/2012 07:59 pm ET | Updated Feb 26, 2012

The Minnesota caucus, Colorado caucus and Missouri primary drew voters to the polls on Tuesday to have their voices heard in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Rick Santorum was projected the winner of Missouri's primary by NBC News. Mitt Romney was projected to finish second with Ron Paul in third. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich did not qualify to appear on the state's ballot.

Shortly after the results came in for Missouri's primary, Santorum was projected to finish in first place in Minnesota. ABC News projected Ron Paul to finish in second place in the North Star state.

HuffPost's Mark Blumenthal reports:

The Missouri primary [was] a "beauty contest" vote. Although the precinct caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota [began] the process of selecting delegates to the national Republican convention, that process has no formal connection to the "straw votes" ... held at the precinct meetings in each state. So technically, the votes in the two caucus states [being] reported on Tuesday are also non-binding.

(Click here to check out HuffPost's maps for results in each state, which will update with real-time data as the numbers come in.)

Check out the live blog below for the latest developments out of Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado.


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