Santorum wins big in Kansas

As expected, Rick Santorum won the Kansas Caucuses by a large margin and will take home the lion's share of the state's 40 delegates.

But Mitt Romney also had a good day, taking the Guam, Northern Marianas, and Virgin Island caucuses while dominating the Wyoming county cacuses. He also picked up 3 more superdelegates and one uncommitted delegate.

All told, despite Santorum's big Kansas win where he took 33 of the 40 delegates at stake, Romney extended his delegate lead according to the AP delegate count:

Wall Street Journal:

With all of the precincts reporting, the Associated Press reported Mr. Santorum had 51% of the Kansas vote. That compared with 21% for front-runner Mitt Romney, who didn't visit the state, and 14% for Newt Gingrich, who canceled a scheduled trip to the state late last week to concentrate on Tuesday's primaries in Alabama and Mississippi. Rep. Ron Paul, who also didn't spend much time in the state, came in fourth with nearly 13% of the vote.

In Wyoming, Mr. Romney had 44% of the vote with all of the precincts reporting, the Associated Press reported. Mr. Santorum had 28%, while Mr. Paul had 12%, and Mr. Gingrich had less than 1%.

Mr. Santorum had made Kansas a priority this week, campaigning across the state and telling voters that he needed a win here. He said a victory in Kansas could provide momentum as the presidential nominating contest heads south next week. Mississippi and Alabama will hold contests Tuesday that could be pivotal, as Mr. Romney continues to build a commanding lead in the delegate count and Mr. Santorum argues that he still could win the nomination.

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Mr. Romney claimed two more victories early Saturday in the Pacific islands, winning contests and picking up all 18 delegates in the U.S. territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

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Most of Kansas's 40 delegates will go to Mr. Santorum under a formula that is partially proportional to the caucus vote. In Wyoming, Mr. Romney picked up at least six of 12 delegates after the local party meetings that also delivered at least two delegates to Rick Santorum, the Associated Press reported.

Mr. Romney can also count on seven delegates from the U.S. Virgin Islands after he won the territory's caucus, said Herb Schoenbohm, the Republican party chair there.

While Santorum got the headlines for the day, Romney won the delegate race. Given how well Romney is now running in both Mississippi and Alabama in advance of next Tuesday's primaries, Santorum may once again win in the media but fail to make up much ground where it counts; in committed delegates.



As expected, Rick Santorum won the Kansas Caucuses by a large margin and will take home the lion's share of the state's 40 delegates.

But Mitt Romney also had a good day, taking the Guam, Northern Marianas, and Virgin Island caucuses while dominating the Wyoming county cacuses. He also picked up 3 more superdelegates and one uncommitted delegate.

All told, despite Santorum's big Kansas win where he took 33 of the 40 delegates at stake, Romney extended his delegate lead according to the AP delegate count:

Wall Street Journal:

With all of the precincts reporting, the Associated Press reported Mr. Santorum had 51% of the Kansas vote. That compared with 21% for front-runner Mitt Romney, who didn't visit the state, and 14% for Newt Gingrich, who canceled a scheduled trip to the state late last week to concentrate on Tuesday's primaries in Alabama and Mississippi. Rep. Ron Paul, who also didn't spend much time in the state, came in fourth with nearly 13% of the vote.

In Wyoming, Mr. Romney had 44% of the vote with all of the precincts reporting, the Associated Press reported. Mr. Santorum had 28%, while Mr. Paul had 12%, and Mr. Gingrich had less than 1%.

Mr. Santorum had made Kansas a priority this week, campaigning across the state and telling voters that he needed a win here. He said a victory in Kansas could provide momentum as the presidential nominating contest heads south next week. Mississippi and Alabama will hold contests Tuesday that could be pivotal, as Mr. Romney continues to build a commanding lead in the delegate count and Mr. Santorum argues that he still could win the nomination.

[...]

Mr. Romney claimed two more victories early Saturday in the Pacific islands, winning contests and picking up all 18 delegates in the U.S. territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

[...]

Most of Kansas's 40 delegates will go to Mr. Santorum under a formula that is partially proportional to the caucus vote. In Wyoming, Mr. Romney picked up at least six of 12 delegates after the local party meetings that also delivered at least two delegates to Rick Santorum, the Associated Press reported.

Mr. Romney can also count on seven delegates from the U.S. Virgin Islands after he won the territory's caucus, said Herb Schoenbohm, the Republican party chair there.

While Santorum got the headlines for the day, Romney won the delegate race. Given how well Romney is now running in both Mississippi and Alabama in advance of next Tuesday's primaries, Santorum may once again win in the media but fail to make up much ground where it counts; in committed delegates.



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