LOUISIANA — Rick Santorum swept to an easy victory in the Louisiana Republican presidential primary.
Santorum took the state by a wide margin, giving his campaign a spark after lopsided losses to Mitt Romney earlier this week in the Puerto Rico and Illinois primaries.
Romney finished second and Newt Gingrich third in Saturday's Louisiana contest.
Exit polls showed Santorum dominating among Louisiana voters labeling themselves as "very conservative."
Santorum celebrated his victory at a restaurant in Wisconsin...where he's campaigning ahead of an April primary in that state.
In his remarks, Santorum proclaimed himself the true conservative candidate for president.
Twenty of Louisiana's 46 delegates were at stake with today's results.
NBC News projects that Santorum has won 10, Romney won 5, and the remaining five are unallocated at this time.