Republican Presidential Race: Rick Santorum Cruises to Kansas Caucus Win

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The protracted race for the GOP presidential nomination grew a bit tighter today as Rick Santorum won the Kansas caucuses by an overwhelming margin.

With 97 percents of the precincts reporting in the Sunflower State, Santorum earned 51 percent of the vote, with Mitt Romney second with 21 percent.

Newt Gingrich with 14 percent and Ron Paul with 12 percent to finish in third and fourth, respectively. Alabama and Mississippi hold primaries Tuesday.

Santorum stands to gain a substantial number of Kansas' 40 delegates, which he called crucial to competitive in the race for his party's nomination.

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"We have to do well here in Kansas," Santorum said this week in Lenexa, Kan., a suburb of Kansas City. "We have to win here in Kansas, and win big."

Romney and Gingrich largely skipped Kansas in favor of the states voting next week. Santorum and Paul had been the most active campaigners in Kansas.

Romney began the weekend with 339 delegates, with 107 for Gingrich, 95 for Santorum, and 22 for Paul, according to the Republican National Committee.

The RNC totals do not reflect any wins in states where delegates are not bound to the winning candidates, and also differ from various media estimates.

Romney remains the odds-on favorite to win the GOP nod and face off with President Obama in the fall, but his opponents clearly aren't going quietly.

With 1,144 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination, it will take many more weeks for Mitt to reach that total, if he's able to do so at all.

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@Tom I'll tell ya what's "shameful"...a radical liberal ideologue in the WH who in fact not one who desires to bring people together, but a very divisive figure! He continues to use the division of class wars as a means of creating a smokescreen to hide what has been his poor leadership and abysmal failures in the economic as well as energy fields. Yes, he did inherit a real economic problem from W, but the policies he chose to deal with that problem has only magnified it. For one: He has spent trillions more than W and in much less time. No, it's time for a change. This nation can no longer afford this man!

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Those who constantly trash President Obama on this site need to get a clue! He has tried to pull us out of the mess he inherited from W and that is not easy to do. He has tried to get all sides to.compromise & work together, only to be met by anger, bias, &name-calling. It's shameful & child-like.

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I'm praying to God, that when a politician lies he drops dead; this includes Israel and the rest of the Middle East.

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Anyone on earth but Obama.

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United we stand, divided we fall. Santorum has come on strong, but will it cause more harm than good? Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich need to dropout. The quicker we can decide on a canidate, the faster we can get to work beating Obama.

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@ Miri- from what I can tell its Obama who hates women. Democrats seem to want women in their place which seems to be in the back of the pack. Afraid? That is Obamas verbal game plan. If your afraid of anything be afraid of the smooth ( Obama) talker. So many of us have been burned by this in the past. Not in 2012- not again. Romney 2012.

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I feel Rick is too extreme of a social conservative to be electable. I am compelled to support Romney.

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Rick Santorum hates women, education, and educated women. He has actually said that women shouldn't bother with higher educations. Rick Santorum hates science, factual evidence & empirical proof. He hates clean water, clean air, and the people who need such things to be healthy & survive. He really hates the gays, or anyone who is different from him in any way. Rick Santorum is the Dark Ages, the Spanish Inquisition and the Crusades rolled up in a sweater vest. Be Afraid! Be Very Afraid!