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March 24th, 2012
 

Santorum Coasts to Louisiana Win, Picks up 10 Delegates

Rick Santorum picked up a victory in the Louisiana GOP primary on Saturday. Santorum came one point shy of picking up the majority of the vote. He finished at 49 percent. Mitt Romney was a distant second at 26.7 percent, Newt Gingrich in third at 15.9 percent and Ron Paul a distant fourth place finisher at around 6.1 percent. Santorum was dominant statewide, winning everywhere except for Orleans Parish. That continues the trend of Romney succeeding only in the most highly populated areas.

Louisiana is the third southern state Santorum has captured in recent weeks, following wins in Mississippi and Alabama. The Bayou State awards a total of 46 delegates on a proportional basis. 25 of those are based on the statewide results. However, candidates much reach more than 25 percent of the vote to pick up delegates, so only Santorum and Romney qualify. It appears Santorum picked up 10 delegates, Romney five and the rest are unpledged. Lousiana’s allocation rules are convoluted.

18 other delegates are selected by congressional district, but are unpledged. The other three are Louisiana’s RNC officials. Mitt Romney remains the overall leader in total delegates. The next contests are decided on April 3, where voters in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Texas and Wisconsin go to the polls.


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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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