Minden Press-Herald

Thursday
Oct 02nd

Santorum, Obama carry Louisiana

Louisiana and Webster Parish would like to see Republican Rick Santorum and Democratic President Barack Obama go head-to-head in the presidential race.

Rick Santorum won Saturday's primary — outpacing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Santorum won with 49 percent statwide and 58 percent in Webster Parish.

President Obama won 76 percent of the vote statewide and 82 percent locally.

Romney remains the strong front-runner with more than twice as many delegates as Santorum. But Santorum celebrated his fourth victory in the South as he continued campaigning in Wisconsin.

State and national Democratic leaders focused on Romney, saying the Louisiana results reflect a topsy-turvy race indicating wide-spread dissatisfaction with the GOP delegate leader.

About a fourth of Louisiana's 776,567 registered Republicans voted in the closed primary. Villere said he would like to have seen more, but the low turnout didn't worry him about prospects for the state — reliably in the Republican camp in the 2008 race — supporting the Republican nominee again this year.

Complete but unofficial returns showed Santorum with about half the Republican vote and Romney a distant second with just over 26 percent, edging him above the 25 percent threshold for a share of the 20 delegates at stake.

Ten were committed to Santorum, five to Romney and five are uncommitted.

Louisiana will send 46 delegates to the party's national convention in late summer, but 23 of them will be selected at the state Republican convention in June.

The final three delegates are Republican National Committee members from Louisiana, otherwise known as superdelegates.

Gingrich was in third with around 16 percent; Ron Paul was at 6 percent. Although they've all left the hunt for the GOP nomination, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman were still on the ballot and around 1 percent or less.

Romney remains far ahead with 568 delegates to Santorum's 273, according to an Associated Press tally.

Newt Gingrich follows with 135 and Ron Paul has 50.

 

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