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