Perhaps it's not a big surprise that Santorum pulled off two wins in the conservative south. After all, these states are packed with evangelical voters - and that's Santorum's crowd.
Rick Santorum won Mississippi with a third of the vote and Alabama with 35 percent.
Speaking from Louisiana where he promised another big win next week, Santorum hinted Newt Gingrich should drop out of the race. "The time is now for conservatives to pull together. The time is now to make sure - to make sure that we have the best chance to win this election," he told supporters Tuesday night.
Gingrich came in second in both states and gave no indication he's quitting. Instead, he focused on Mitt Romney's failure to win the conservative southern vote. "If you're the frontrunner and you keep coming in third, you're not much of a frontrunner . . . The elite media's effort to convince the nation that Mitt Romney is inevitable just collapsed," Gingrich said.
Romney didn't give a speech last night. In a statement, he congratulated Santorum and claimed delegates from Mississippi and Alabama put him closer to the nomination.
Romney's focused on Missouri. Santorum won Missouri's non-binding primary last month, but Romney says straw polls don't count.
"We didn't participate as a campaign in the Iowa straw poll or Florida straw poll, but when the delegates are at stake, that's when we go to work, Romney said.
Mitt Romney is still leading in terms of delegates. He's got twice as many as his closest competitor, Rick Santorum.