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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field

Obama Wins Primaries, But Closer Than Expected

May 23, 2012

President Obama won primaries in Arkansas and Kentucky on Tuesday, but the margins were lower than might be expected for a sitting president with no major primary opponent.

With 89 percent of precincts reporting in Arkansas, Obama led Tennessee lawyer John Wolfe 58.5 percent to 41.5 percent, according to the Arkansas Secretary of State. And in Kentucky, about 42 percent of primary voters went with “uncommitted” rather than the president, who won 58 percent, according to the Kentucky State Board of Elections.

Wolfe has been on ballots in Louisiana, Missouri and New Hampshire. He will be on the ballot next week in Texas.

 

Republican Mitt Romney easily won the Arkansas and Kentucky primaries, but Rep. Ron Paul still took 13.4 percent of the vote in Arkansas, according to The New York Times. Rick Santorum, who suspended his campaign in April, won 13.3 percent.

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