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Santorum wins Kansas Republican caucuses

Rick Santorum, the Republican presidential, has won the Kansas caucuses, while the front runner Mitt Romney was declared winner in Wyoming.



Washington: Rick Santorum, the Republican
presidential hopeful, has won the Kansas caucuses, while the
front runner Mitt Romney was declared winner in Wyoming ahead
of the next week`s crucial primaries in the Southern states of
Alabama and Mississippi.

Newt Gingrich, who so far has won only two states, South
Carolina and Georgia, however said would not withdraw from the
race even if he loses the Tuesday`s primary in Alabama and
Mississippi; thus making the Republican presidential primary
race more complicated.

To bag the Republican presidential nomination, the
candidate needs to have 1,144 delegates, who are elected from
various states where elections are currently being held.

With 446 delegates, Romney ? the former Massachusetts
Governor ? has the largest number of delegates and analysts
consider him to be closest to getting the party`s nomination
to challenge Barack Obama in the November presidential
elections. Santorum has 199 delegates, while Gingrich so far
has 117 and Ron Paul has 61.

However, Santorum`s win in Kansas yesterday gave a modest
boost to his effort to challenge Romney. Santorum received 51
per cent of the votes, while Romney was a distant second with
21 per cent, followed by Gingrich with 14 per cent and Paul
(13 per cent).

Romney won the Wyoming primary with 46.4 per cent of the
votes, while Santorum got 29.4 per cent. Romney also cornered
18 delegates with wins in Guam and Northern Mariana Islands.
This was in addition to seven delegates in the US Virgin
Islands.

Gingrich, who is now focusing his entire attention on
Alabama and Mississippi, where 90 delegates are at stake, said
he would stay in the race despite losses here next Tuesday.

However, the race has now reduced to a two-way between Romney
and Santorum, the latter claimed soon after his victory in
Kansasa on yesterday.

"So we feel pretty good that it`s now narrowing to a
two-person race," Santorum said in an interview with Bloomberg
TV. "We`ve been competitive," he said.

"We`ve had a very, very good day," Santorum said in
Missouri. "I kept saying, `You just stick with us, you go out
and vote for your values and trust what you know... Because
you don`t live in New York City. You don`t live in Los
Angeles. You live like most Americans in between those two
cities and you know the values you believe in," he said.

PTI

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