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Santorum Wins Minnesota Caucus, Paul Finishes Second

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 5:59 am

Last night, folks all around Minnesota headed out into the night to participate in our political process. Yes, it was caucus night in the state, and the results for the the top of the ticket were at least somewhat surprising.

Winning the caucus for the GOP nomination, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum emerged with a comfortable 45 percent of the vote. That was ahead of second-place finisher Texas Representative Ron Paul who gathered 27 percent. GOP front-runner Mitt Romney was well back in third place with 17 percent, while Newt Gingrich finished in last managing just 11 percent.

In Pine county 277 people participated in the republican caucus, in Kanabec county that number was 179 people. Isanti county had 393 caucus participants and Chisago county had 171.

The democratic caucuses haven’t reported any results, and according to the Secertary of State website, those results won’t be tabulated until early next month.

It was a big night for Santorum. The Iowa winner kept his presidential hopes alive with wins not only here in Minnesota but also in Missouri and Colorado. Romney finished second in those states with Paul placing either third or fourth. Gingrich wasn’t included on the ballot in Missouri.

Romney won Minnesota convincingly in his 2008 bid for the GOP nomination. He didn’t put much personal effort into the state this time, but he visited once and loaded up on campaign mailings to GOP activists.

In Paul’s case, he invested plenty of time and money in the state as he searched for the first win of his campaign. He told the associated press he’s happy with the results and will shift his sights to Maine, where caucuses take place on Saturday.

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