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CAMPAIGN 2012

Santorum Wins Kansas

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Rick Santorum greets supporters during a rally in Topeka, Kan., on Friday.(Charlie Riedel/AP)

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum easily won the Kansas caucuses on Saturday, putting up yet another obstacle in front-runner Mitt Romney's march toward the GOP nomination.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Santorum had 51 percent of the vote to Romney's 21 percent. Newt Gingrich had 14 percent and Ron Paul had almost 13 percent.

 

"We've had a very, very good day in our neighboring state of Kansas," an exultant Santorum told a cheering rally in Springfield, Mo.

The former Pennsylvania senator was buoyed to victory with support from tea party activists and those opposed to legal abortion rights—both powerful constituencies in the conservative Sunflower State. Paul also heavily campaigned in the caucus state.

Santorum did not receive the help of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, although the two men served in Congress together and Santorum guided Brownback’s conversion to Catholicism in 2002. Brownback had originally endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry, before he dropped out of the race, but declined to endorse again, although he attended rallies for both Paul and Santorum.

 

Romney never expected to win the state, despite the endorsement of former presidential contender and Republican Sen. Bob Dole. He did notch earlier victories in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, along with the Virgin Islands, and later won the caucus in Wyoming, where he had earlier won a non-binding straw poll.

Gingrich bypassed campaigning in Kansas to concentrate on Alabama and Mississippi, where voters head to the polls on Tuesday.

Santorum's showing in Kansas, while strong, did not match that of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2008. Huckabee drew 60 percent of the vote to John McCain's 24 percent and Paul's 11 percent.

Rebecca Kaplan contributed contributed to this article.

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