Romney wins Hawaii GOP presidential caucuses

DAVID ESPO
Associated Press
Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during his election night party, Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in Lafayette, La.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during his election night party, Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in Lafayette, La. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney has won the Republican presidential caucuses in Hawaii, salvaging a much needed victory after resurgent rival Rick Santorum won primaries in Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday.

Romney finished a disappointing third behind Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in the Deep South primaries. But he came back to edge out both rivals in Hawaii and added a sweep of delegates from Republican nominating caucuses in American Samoa.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul finished fourth in both Southern primaries, and third in the Hawaii caucuses.