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March 10th, 2012
 

Santorum Claims Kansas Caucuses

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum cruised to a decisive victory in the Kansas caucuses on Saturday. Santorum claimed 51.2 percent of the vote, far outdistancing the rest of the field. He won almost every county in the state.

Mitt Romney was able to pick up 20.9 percent of the vote, while Newt Gingrich finished third at 14.4% and Ron Paul came in fourth 13.1%. 40 delegates were at stake in Kansas. Rick Santorum acquired 33 of them. Three Kansas go delegates to the statewide winner. The first place finisher in each congressional district also picks up three delegates. There are four districts in Kansas, so that gave Santorum 12 more delegates.

The remaining delegates are allocated on a proportional basis, but candidates are required to receive at least 20 percent of the vote. Santorum gained 18 of the proportional delegates, with Mitt Romney picking up the other seven.

Earlier this week, Newt Gingrich’s campaign was proclaiming that he led Santorum in terms of delegates gained. That is no longer the case. Santorum now leads Gingrich 128-107. The RNC delegate calculator does not account for states like Iowa where delegates are unbound and will be rewarded at convention. 


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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for TheIowaRepublican.com.




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