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Caucuses show area Republicans favor Santorum
Feb. 13, 2012

By Kristen Miller
News Editor

MEEKER, WRIGHT COUNTIES, MN – Area Republican caucuses in both Meeker and Wright County showed strong support for former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, with Texas Congressman Ron Paul coming in second, right in line with the state.

Though the Republican caucuses resulted in average attendance, the DFL caucuses were much slimmer since Democratic President Barack Obama is seeking re-election.

Breakdown by precinct

Total numbers for Meeker County’s Republican caucuses show 107 votes for Santorum, 90 votes for Paul, 24 for Mitt Romney, and 13 for Newt Gingrich.

Of the 22 who voted in the straw poll for Dassel, 12 voted for Ron Paul, six for Santorum, and four for Mitt Romney, according to the Meeker County Republicans.

From Dassel Township, 35 voted in the straw poll. Results show 16 votes for Paul, 13 for Santorum, two for Romney, and four for Gingrich.

Of the 21 voters from Collinwood Township, 13 voted for Santorum, six for Paul, and two for Romney.

Ellsworth Township had all of its nine votes for Santorum.

Kingston Township had 20 voters with a tie between Santorum and Paul, each receiving eight votes. Romney had one vote, and Gingrich has three.

There were no votes from Kingston.

Darwin and Darwin Township voted with Litchfield Ward 4, which had 92 voters. Santorum took the lead with 50 votes, and Paul in second with 29 votes. Romney had 10, and Gringrich three.

In Wright County, Santorum was also the favored candidate for caucus-goers with nearly 45 percent of the precinct votes, according to the secretary of state website.

Coming in second was Paul, with 27 percent of the votes.

Romney obtained roughly 17 percent of the votes, and Gingrich, nearly 11 percent. There were 143 write-ins.

David Fitzsimmons, Wright County GOP chair, did not return phone calls seeking additional precinct breakdowns before this issue went to press.

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