Nightly News | February 07, 2012
>>> on the campaign trail tonight, there are three contests, caucuses in minnesota, colorado , and a primary in missouri . but because of party rules in these states, no delegates are being awarded tonight. still because of the stakes of the finishing order among other things, campaigning is going on fast and furious . nbc's kelly o'donnell covering from st. charles, missouri tonight, kelly , good evening.
>> good evening, brian. in this ballroom tonight, rick santorum supporters predict a big night for his lagging campaign. possibly his first victory since iowa. mitt romney and newt gingrich both say they think santorum can win in minnesota, do well in colorado , and here in missouri where gingrich is not even on the ballot. now today while mitt romney talked only about the president, not his campaign rival, his campaign played down these three states, even saying that missouri primary is a beauty contest because delegates are awarded later, not tonight. santorum fought back and said boy, romney thought these states were important four years ago when romney won colorado . and if you're wondering where newt gingrich is, he's on a bus tour in ohio. early voting starts there for next month's primary and gingrich told us he learned the hard way that early important is so important when romney trounced him in florida. brian?
>> kelly o'donnell on the trail tonight in st. charles, missouri .