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Santorum Wins Kansas Caucuses, Romney Strong in Wyoming

by David Espo
Saturday Mar 10, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rick Santorum won the Kansas caucuses in a rout on Saturday and Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney showed strength in Wyoming, a weekend prelude to suddenly pivotal Southern showdowns in the week ahead.

"Things have an amazing way of working out," Santorum told supporters in Missouri, where he traced his campaign through a series of highs and lows. He called his showing in Kansas a "comfortable win" that would give him the vast majority of the 40 delegates at stake.

Returns from 94 percent of the state's precincts showed Santorum with 51 percent support, far outpacing Romney, who had 21 percent. Newt Gingrich had 14 percent and Ron Paul trailed with 13 percent.

Santorum picked up at least 30 of the state's 40 delegates at stake, cutting slightly into Romney's overwhelming's advantage.

Santorum's triumph, coupled with Romney's early advantage in Wyoming, came as the candidates pointed toward Tuesday's primaries in Alabama and Mississippi that loom as unexpectedly important in the race to pick an opponent to President Barack Obama in the fall. Polls show a close race in both states, particularly Alabama, and Romney, Gingrich and Santorum all added to their television advertising overnight for the race's final days.

Romney, the front-runner by far in the delegate competition, padded his lead overnight when he won all nine delegates on the island of Guam and then again in the Northern Mariana Islands.

Romney had 440 delegates in the AP's count, more than all his rivals combined. Santorum had 213, while Gingrich had 107 and Paul had 46.

A candidate must win 1,144 to clinch the Republican presidential nomination at the national convention in Tampa next August.

In Wyoming, where some counties caucused earlier in the week, Romney had five of the 12 delegates at stake, Santorum had two, Paul had one, and one was uncommitted. Three more remained to be determined in party meetings on the day's calendar.

Romney did not campaign in Kansas, leaving the field to Santorum and Paul.

Gingrich cancelled a scheduled trip to the state late in the week to concentrate on the two Southern primaries on Tuesday.

In sparsely populated Wyoming, there were 15 county conventions during the day to pick six convention delegates.

Kansas drew more attention from the White House hopefuls, but not much more, given its position midway between Super Tuesday and potentially pivotal primaries next Tuesday in Mississippi and Alabama.

Paul and Santorum both campaigned in the state on Friday, and Gov. Sam Brownback appeared with each, without making an endorsement.

In Topeka, Paul told an audience of about 500 that Kansas should be a "fertile field" for his libertarian-leaning views but declined to say how many delegates he hoped to gain.

Santorum, who hopes to drive Gingrich from the race in the coming week, lashed out at Obama and Romney simultaneously in remarks in the Kansas capital city.

"We already have one president who doesn't tell the truth to the American people. We don't need another," he said.

The former Pennsylvania senator told reporters he was confident "that we can win Kansas on Saturday and come into Alabama and Mississippi, and this race should come down to two people."

An aide to Gingrich said earlier in the week that the former House speaker must win both Southern primaries to justify continuing in the campaign.

But Gingrich strongly suggested otherwise on Friday as polls showed a tight three-way contest in Alabama.

"I think there's a fair chance we'll win," he told The Associated Press about the contests in Alabama and Mississippi. "But I just want to set this to rest once and for all. We're going to Tampa."

Romney had no campaign appearances Saturday. The former Massachusetts governor won six of 10 Super Tuesday states earlier in the week, and hopes for a Southern breakthrough in Alabama on Tuesday after earlier losing South Carolina and Georgia to Gingrich.


Associated Press reporters Stephen Ohlemacher in Washington, Thomas Beaumont in Alabama and Phil Elliott, John Hanna and John Milburn in Kansas, and David Lieb in Missouri contributed to this report.

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  • , 2012-03-11 08:24:31

    I feel sad for the GOP. In their entire party they don’t have anyone better than these guys?What’s next from Gingrich? The threat of the Bolsheviks? The Red menace? Paul? A doddering old man that is getting polite smiles from people who really think he’s senile and should just go fingerprint back at the home. Santorum... Now there’s an argument for birth control. He keeps making allusions to naziism in his campaign. Really? Singes alienated every woman of child bearing age; has zero respect from the gay community; thinks welfare is for "black people", so unless you are a while male 1950’s style guy that lives in Pleasentville fantasy land who in their right mind will cast a vote for him?Romney... Look how many tens of millions he has spent and lost on his other election bids. You’d think a ’religious’ man like him would say hey that fifty mil could have fed the poor; oh but he’s not concerned about the poor. Man I miss the hysterical ravings of Congresswoman Dumbcunt and her flamingly gay husband. I guess he won’t let her out of the house. That or they are too busy ’curing’ gays and fostering their 100 kids. And did anyone catch Ann Coulter tell the student body at George Washington most of them were to stupid to vote for president? Way to go Ann, alienate them right out of the gate. Boy there a chick that needs to get laid. Everyone should send Ann Coulter a dildo or vibrator so she can channel some of that internal rage.

  • , 2012-03-12 08:40:15

    You feel sorry for the GOP, hun please don’t feel sorry for them. It seems no matter who they throw up there to represent the party, some where near 50% of the American people are going to vote republican this coming election. What’s even worse is that this nearly 50% will also vote on referendums concerning gay marriage based on their religious beliefs because there is no seperation of church and state within personal ideology. All in all, eveyone please just get out there and VOTE!

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