Santorum Wins Kansas Caucuses

T0 the surprise of absolutely nobody, Rick Santorum scored a huge victory in today’s Kansas Caucuses:

Rick Santorum has overwhelmingly won the Kansas Republican presidential caucuses. …

In the other caucuses being held Saturday, Romney is showing strength in Wyoming. Some counties in Wyoming caucused earlier in the week. So far, Romney has five of the 12 delegates at stake, Santorum has two, Paul has one and one remains uncommitted. Three more will be determined later Saturday.

Romney padded his lead in the overall GOP nomination delegate race Friday night when he won all nine delegates on the island of Guam and an equal number in the Northern Mariana Islands.

It’s not at all clear, though, that anything that happens in Kansas is going to have an impact in Alabama and Mississippi, especially considering that Santorum is trailing both Romney and Gingrich in both states at the moment. Also, considering that Mike Huckabee won Kansas by a similarly wide margin in 2008, this result isn’t entirely surprising and there may be very little momentum from a win that everyone expected.

 

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Comments

  1. Ron Beasley says:

    Well Kansas is as close to the 16th century as any state in the Union.

  2. What, indeed, is the matter with Kansas?

  3. KansasMom says:

    Hey now Ron, we have high speed internet. And a governor who is obsessed with people who possess a uterus. So on balance, you’re right, I concede. It’s always been a battle, defending the state of my birth, as it stands now, there is no point in even bothering to try.

  4. Ron Beasley says:

    @KansasMom: If it makes you feel any better I had an intelligent, lovely, agnostic girl friend who was raised in Kansas. Then again perhaps that’s why she moved to the left coast 20 years ago.

  5. KansasMom says:

    Just can’t move. It truly is a beautiful place, especially the eastern part of the state, and my parents and husband’ parents are here. My kids being close to their grandparents will trump asshat politicians any day!

  6. Richard Gardner says:

    I live in a caucus state (WA – only a R caucus state because the Dems forced it on the Reps to reduce the deficit) and having gone to my caucus it is obvious that national folks do not understand the grass roots Ron Paul strategy. He is loosing battles, but, while not winning the 5-way war, is likely to achieve his goals at the Republican National Convention. I predict at least half of the WA delegates to Tampa will be Paul supporters and I expect similarly from Kansas, regardless of the caucus straw poll. The only issue is $$$ to attend conventions because many of his supporters are young..

    At my State District caucus (about 70% of the precincts in my state district) I couldn’t help but overhear coordination cell phone calls (allowed) regarding getting delegates to the county convention. The Paul folks were all over it. And most of them were young/and/or minorities. The speaker for Paul was a black businessman (district 15% black). I see this as the future of the Republican Party. I expect ~ half the reps to the county Republican Convention will be Ron Paul Supporters since they were eager to volunteer. My precinct has about 2000 houses, so 5000. There were 5 of us there, and we were allocated 3 delegates. Easy math. The Ron Paul folks know this. We’re talking Pat Robertson all over again, but this time on a national level. The results that matter are those out of the state conventions in places like Kansas.

    While I don’t post much anymore here, I dislike Bachmann and Santorium, think Palin is good entertainment (and cannot understand the loathing of her), like Johnson and Huntsman, and can accept Romney. Fiscally conservative, socially liberal, Western states-rights (totally different from the old Dem southern states rights). I like Paul for stirring up the pot.

    Bottom line: Straw poll vote does not matter, delegates to county, then state conventions does (and the Dems are more solidly on this path, so no casting stones).