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Santorum Wins La. Primary By Significant Margin[Santorum 40%; Romney 29%; Gingrich 22%]
MSNBC ^ | March 24, 2012 | Michael O'Brien,

Posted on 03/24/2012 6:21:56 PM PDT by Steelfish

NBC: Santorum Wins La. Primary By Significant Margin

Sean Gardner / REUTERS Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum signs placards as he greets supporters at a Get Out The Vote rally in Mandeville, Louisiana March 21, 2012.

By Michael O'Brien Rick Santorum’s campaign netted a victory Saturday night in Louisiana, where NBC News projected he’d won that state’s GOP primary by a significant margin. The win sparks hope of a campaign rebound, following Santorum’s lopsided losses to Mitt Romney in the Illinois and Puerto Rico primaries.

The former Massachusetts governor finished second and Newt Gingrich third in Tuesday’s contest, per NBC.

The political terrain in Louisiana was favorable to the former Pennsylvania senator. Saturday’s vote was limited to Republicans only, making the electorate more conservative. And Santorum has a record of performing well with that demographic, particularly among born-again and evangelical Christians -- his wins Alabama and Missippi included.

Of the GOP pack, Santorum had campaigned most aggressively in Louisiana. Twenty of the state’s 46 delegates are stake, with NBC assigning 7 to Santorum as of 9 p.m. ET.

Any netted delegates by Santorum might assist in eroding Romney’s advantage in the delegate count. But more importantly, a Santorum win would hit pause on the former Massachusetts governor's ability to grab a stranglehold on the race to the nomination.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcpolitics.msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: la2012; loserromney; norinos; romney4romneycare; romneycannotwin; romneyfail; romneyloses; spoilerromney

1 posted on 03/24/2012 6:21:58 PM PDT by Steelfish
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2 posted on 03/24/2012 6:23:12 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Steelfish

Romney is severely disappointed.


3 posted on 03/24/2012 6:25:58 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Mitt Romney is SEVERELY conservative - and I'm SEVERELY against giving him my vote!)
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To: Steelfish

it’s time for obamney to get out.


4 posted on 03/24/2012 6:27:11 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: Steelfish

DC (19 delegates), Maryland (37 delegates) and Wisconsin (42 delegates) up next on April 3.


5 posted on 03/24/2012 6:28:01 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Mitt Romney is SEVERELY conservative - and I'm SEVERELY against giving him my vote!)
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To: Tzar

Had Santorum gotten 50%, I think he’d have gotten all the delegates.


7 posted on 03/24/2012 6:29:30 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: jimbo123

Perfect.


8 posted on 03/24/2012 6:31:55 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: Steelfish

Percentage wise Newt keeps moving in the right direction. Go Newt!


9 posted on 03/24/2012 6:32:02 PM PDT by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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To: Steelfish

Great!


10 posted on 03/24/2012 6:32:02 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Fraud: Feign support on FR for weeks FOR Newt--against RICK--then slowly "come out" for ROMNEY!)
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To: Steelfish
Source: Yahoo News:
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Santorum will walk away with eight of the 20 delegates up for grabs, while Romney will come in second and take some delegates as well, according to CNN. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul will both end up with no delegates.

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11 posted on 03/24/2012 6:32:07 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Mitt Romney is SEVERELY conservative - and I'm SEVERELY against giving him my vote!)
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To: MotorCityBuck

You mean “right direction” just like in La where he got zero delegates, split the anti-Romney vote, and enabled Romney to add a few more delegates to his tally.


12 posted on 03/24/2012 6:34:52 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: COBOL2Java

Ron Paul’s gay San Francisco billionaire sugar daddy won’t be happy.


13 posted on 03/24/2012 6:35:58 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Awesome, hope Santorum wins by more than 15!


15 posted on 03/24/2012 6:46:19 PM PDT by NoMittRomney (NoMittRomney:)!)
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To: Steelfish

Romney is going to have to start a reintroduction tour soon.

Gore had about 4 reintroductions and Kerry had several.

Whenever a candidate sees themselves falling, they try that tactic.

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Even worse was a comment by McCain per a Friday morning FR thread that Romney is damaged goods. That is an ‘ouch’ commentary.


16 posted on 03/24/2012 6:48:49 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Steelfish

Wow, Newts really racking up those wins in his southern strategy. Pure genius. LOL /sarc


17 posted on 03/24/2012 6:49:56 PM PDT by dforest
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To: dforest

If you have something against Gingrich, spit it out.


18 posted on 03/24/2012 6:53:14 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Tzar
"What can we do to pressure the convention into choosing a non establishment candidate if it is brokered?"

Not much. BUT, delegates to the convention come with their own personal preferences, and IF they become 'unbound' they will vote their own consciences. All bets are off on how it might go.

19 posted on 03/24/2012 6:54:08 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: eyedigress

I ran out of spit.


20 posted on 03/24/2012 6:58:53 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Steelfish
HOW IN HELL does Mittens beat Newt in the deep South?

I've given up trying to figure out the psyche of so called Conservatives who support RINO's like Mitt.

21 posted on 03/24/2012 7:07:31 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: dforest
If I understand the LA rules you have to get over 25% to earn any delegates. If you get over 50% you win them all. If you win with just a plurality the delegates are divided proportionately, in some way, amongst those winning over 25%. Currently with 52%% of vote in (admittedly none from Orleans Parish):

Rick 49%
Mitt 26%
Newt 17%
Ron 6%

So unless there is a BIG difference in the other 44% of the vote, possible with Orleans all out, Newt will win nothing for himself but he'll win delegates for Mitt at the expense of Rick by holding Rick under 50%. Great strategy by the Newtered!

22 posted on 03/24/2012 7:14:17 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: TomGuy

Romney reintroduces himself every time he opens his mouth. Doing it one more time wouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary.


23 posted on 03/24/2012 7:15:48 PM PDT by Cato in PA (1/26/12: Bloody Thursday)
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To: Steelfish

I think any candidate who gets at least 25% gets some delegates.


24 posted on 03/24/2012 7:17:39 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: JohnBovenmyer

I thought only about half of Louisiana’s delegates are awarded by primary with the other half awarded in caucuses to come. Can anyone confirm this?


25 posted on 03/24/2012 7:18:35 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: CaptainK

With 62% of the vote counted Santorum is getting 50%; Romney is getting 26% and Gingrich (zero delegates) is securing 17%. La should be the knock-out blow for Gingrich and it would then be a one-on-one race to the finish although admittedly its a very steep and uphill task for Santorum. If Romney drops to under 25% he gets zero delegates.


26 posted on 03/24/2012 7:21:48 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

It’s time for a new Romney to emerge, as soon as one can be invented.


27 posted on 03/24/2012 7:25:37 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Steelfish
I mean he is getting more support. Nothing more. Delegates, spelegates. I really no longer care at this point. Mittens, and Sanctiturorn can get the nomination. I will vote for neither of those AssClowns.hope this clarifies.
MCB
28 posted on 03/24/2012 7:32:28 PM PDT by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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To: pallis

With 82% of the vote Rick is at 49.7%, only 467 votes short of 50% and has closed that margin with the last two updates. This is less than Bachmann’s total.


29 posted on 03/24/2012 7:50:36 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: JohnBovenmyer

With what CNN and Fox call 98% (Huffington Post calls it 94.6%) of the vote in Rick is at 49.2%, 1431 votes short of 50%. Had Buddy Roemer’s 1.1% voted all for Rick he’d have gotten over half. Had the assortment of Others, including Roemer, that the HP listed (USA today has breakdown but is reporting slower) just stayed home and never voted Rick would have crossed 50%. Had 6% of Newt’s voters switched to Rick he’d have been over half. Yet Romney will win delegates.


30 posted on 03/24/2012 8:24:26 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: JohnBovenmyer

Or if Newt could have taken a mere 10% extra votes and gotten them all from Mitt then Mitt would have been held below the 25% line and been ineligible for delegates, leaving all to Rick by default.


31 posted on 03/24/2012 8:37:45 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: TomGuy

I thought McCain was endorsing ... OK, nevermind. It’s McCain. Of course he stabbed him in the back.


32 posted on 03/24/2012 8:53:34 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: JohnBovenmyer
These are allegedly the totals with all precincts, so they, and my comments following, should be final unless later adjustments follow.

Candidate Votes %
Santorum 91,305 48.99%
Romney 49,749 26.69%
Gingrich 29,665 15.92%
Paul 11,460 6.15%
Roemer 2,203 1.18%
Perry 955 0.51%
Bachmann 622 0.33%
Huntsman 242 0.13%
Randy Crow 186 0.10%
Totals 186,387 100%

They leave Santorum 1,889 votes short of 50%, that's less than Buddy Roemer's total and just 6.37% of Newt's total. Had the voters for places 5-9 just stayed home instead of raising the denominator, Santorum would have won 50.12% of the tota,l amongst the top four. Had Santorum exceeded 50% he'd have won all the delegates; as it is he splits them with Romney in some way. Candidates winning less than 25% get none. Newt needed a lot more votes to win delegates, but had he taken 3,153 votes more from Romney he'd have disqualified Mitt from any delegates.

33 posted on 03/24/2012 9:43:55 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: MotorCityBuck
Percentage wise Newt keeps moving in the right direction. Go Newt!

29% in Alabama to 16% in Louisiana is the right direction?

34 posted on 03/24/2012 10:10:14 PM PDT by Ingtar
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To: Steelfish

Good! Go Santorum!


35 posted on 03/24/2012 10:11:30 PM PDT by American Quilter (GO SANTORUM! Last true conservative in the race.)
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To: COBOL2Java; All

Santorum will get 0 from DC as he didn’t even get on the ballot.


36 posted on 03/25/2012 7:57:52 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Newt says, "A nominee that depresses turnout won't beat Barack Obama.")
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