Rick Santorum’s clean sweep in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri on Tuesday was the latest plot twist in what was already a potboiler of a Republican presidential campaign. Here are five things we learned from Tuesday:

Minnesota rejects Romney

Don’t believe the spin: Mitt Romney wanted to win Minnesota, and lost.

The Romney campaign sent reporters a “Reality Check” memo on Tuesday morning downplaying the importance of Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, correctly pointing out that delegates in the states will not be allocated until later this year.

“It is difficult to see what Gov. Romney’s opponents can do to change the dynamics of the race in February,” wrote Romney political director Rich Beeson. “No delegates will be awarded on February 7 — Colorado and Minnesota hold caucuses with nonbinding preference polls, and the Missouri primary is purely a beauty contest.”

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