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Santorum wins Kansas but Romney scores more delegates elsewhere

By DOUG THOMPSON
March 12, 2012

Rick Santorum campaigns in Kansas ((Eric Gay/AP)

Rick Santorum captured the Kansas GOP presidential caucuses with ease Saturday, scoring 51 percent of the vote.

The rest of the four-man field didn’t even come close:  Mitt Romney second with 21 percent, Newt Gingrich third at 14 percent and Ron Paul bringing up the rear with 12.5 percent.

Romney and Gingrich all but wrote off Kansas.  Gingrich campaigned in Mississippi and Alabama, hoping to regenerate a flagging campaign with wins in the upcoming primaries on Tuesday.  Paul’s supporters hoped for a better showing since caucuses used to be fertile ground for the maverick Texas Congressman.

With a day to go, polls show both the Mississippi and Alabama primaries extremely close — with Romney and Gingrich locked in virtual dead heats when the polls’ margin of error is factored in and Santorum close behind in both states .  Paul lies at the bottom in both states as his campaign appeared headed for political oblivion.

Romney, meanwhile, quietly picked up delegates elsewhere:  Nine in Guam, nine in the Northern Mariana Islands, six in Wyoming’s Saturday conventions and seven in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The former Massachusetts governor went into the weekend with a strong delegate lead — 339 to 107 for Gingrich, 95 for Santorum and 22 for Paul, according to confirmed delegate counts provided by the Republican National Committee.

“In overall delegate count, Romney captured the weekend,” a senior analyst for the RNC told Capitol Hill Blue.  “Now, let’s see how Mississippi and Alabama shake out.”

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11 Responses to Santorum wins Kansas but Romney scores more delegates elsewhere

  1. woody188

    March 12, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I would like to see Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa (once organized), the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico finally become states. It’s past time for this to happen.

  2. SDRSr

    March 12, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I believe that for them to become States, they must make application for statehood, i.e. They must start the process. I know that over the years there have been several attempts by Puerto Rico to become a state. In the last attempt the people of Perto Rico voted to remain a U.S. Commonwealth – an unincorporated U.S. Territory.

  3. Sandy Price

    March 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I would like to see a Republican Candidate who backs quietly away from the uber Christian agenda that has nearly destroyed the party in general.

    It must give a solid sense of security to all the candidates to know that their lies, their false promises given to their voters will be forgiven when they take office. This fails to disquiet me as a realist.

  4. woody188

    March 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Oh and I guess Ron Paul won the popular vote in the U.S. Virgin Islands. So that makes one caucus victory for Ron Paul, even though Romney received more delegates. Nice wording…

    • Doug Thompson

      March 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Let’s see, for three months the Ron Paul campaign has said that winning delegates, not the popular vote, is most important and the candidate who gets the most delegates wins. At least that was the strategy before this weekend.

      But when Paul wins the caucus vote (a whopping 112-101 landslide or 11 votes ) loses big time in the delegate count, it is suddenly a win to have the popular vote and lose in the delegate race.

      The Virgin Islands GOP has removed the popular vote totals from their web site and replaced it with the following:

      PLEASE NOTE IN THE VI OUR RULES PROVIDE FOR THE ELECTION OF DELEGATES IN A PARTY CAUCUS. EVERY ONE WHO VOTES CAN CHOOSE DELEGATES (UP TO SIX) WHO MAY NOT NECESSARILY BE PLEDGED TO THE SAME PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE. SINCE GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY HAD ONLY THREE CONVENTION DELEGATES RUNNING UNDER HIS NAME THAT GAVE VOTERS A CHOICE TO VOTE FOR OTHER COMMITTED OR NON-COMMITTED CANDIDATES. IT APPEARS THAT OUT OF RESPECT FOR CONGRESSMAN PAUL’S CAMPAIGN THERE WERE EXTRA VOTES TO GIVE TO OTHER CANDIDATES OR NON-COMMITTED CANDIDATES.

      ALTHOUGH DR. PAUL RECEIVED ONLY ONE DELEGATE, HIS TEAM RECEIVED UP TO THREE ALTERNATE DELEGATE SLOTS AND WILL BE WELL REPRESENTED IN OUR SMALL DELEGATION.

      In other words, every caucus voter had six votes so who knows what the real popular vote might be. The delegate count is the only measure of victory, which is what the Paul campaign claimed was the goal in caucus states…until they thought they could spin something else to their advantage.

      • woody188

        March 13, 2012 at 9:33 am

        In every other contest, most media outlets have reported winners in terms of the popular vote. The U.S. Virgin Islands is the first place where delegates were used to determine who won.

        Why the change?

        Ask your many AP/Reuters friends why they changed their criteria.

  5. woody188

    March 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Ron Paul Openly Calls GOP Election Fraud Hmm, and he claims he received more delegates in Alaska when Romney was declared the winner? Weird stuff going on…

    • Doug Thompson

      March 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Ah yes, the Ron Paul campaign strategy. Can’t win an election? Claim fraud. Can’t collect enough delegates? Claim fraud. Can’t raise enough money? Publish racist newsletters to get white supremacists to open up their checkbooks, then claim you didn’t write them. In other words, claim fraud.

      • woody188

        March 12, 2012 at 11:36 pm

        I don’t write this stuff. Just trying to make heads or tails of it all.

      • Bill Cravener

        March 13, 2012 at 4:21 am

        It’s a conspiracy I tell you! :)

        • woody188

          March 13, 2012 at 9:45 am

          It very well could be.

          http://news.yahoo.com/elections/map/

          Where is Ron Paul? If you mouse-over states he is listed but where is he on the map key? Just a mistake right?

          Amazing how many mistakes are made to hide Ron Paul. Too many mistakes to be coincidence.