WASHINGTON - Former US senator Rick Santorum defeated front-runner Mitt Romney in the non-binding Republican US presidential primary in Missouri, one of three states holding presidential nominating contests on Tuesday.
Santorum had about 55 percent of the vote while Romney - who has won three of the first five nominating contests - was in second with 25 percent, with 45 percent of the vote counted, according to the Missouri secretary of state's website.
Networks projected Santorum as the winner.
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