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Oregon County Republicans turn out for Santorum

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Rick Santorum
More than three times as many Republicans showed up at Oregon County presidential primary poll booths than did Democrats last week, with more than half of them casting ballots for Republican Rick Santorum.

Across the Midwest on Feb. 7, Santorum swept three GOP contests in the primaries -- in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado.

Santorum's victories last week marked his best performance thus far in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination -- and Romney's worst.

Local results

In Oregon County, 116 Democrats were at the polls, with 90 casting ballots for President Barack Obama as he seeks a second term in office.

Also on the Democratic ticket, 6 voted for Randall Terry, 5 for Darcy G. Richardson, 3 for Ron Wolfe and 12 were uncommitted.

Of Oregon County Republicans, 258 cast ballots for Santorum, with 92 for Mitt Romney and 83 for Ron Paul.

Also on the Republican ticket, Rick Perry got 9 votes, Herman Cain 4, John Huntsman 2 and 1 each for Gary Johnson, Michael J. Meehan and Michele Bachmann. Another 25 were uncommitted.

Of 7,454 registered voters in Oregon County, 593 cast ballots, for a turnout of nearly 8 percent.

Santorum also swept Howell, Ozark, Shannon, Texas and Douglas counties, taking at least twice as many votes as Romney or Paul in each county.

Obama had his best showing locally in Texas County, where he landed 196 votes to Paul's 237 and Romney's 266. Santorum garnered 817 votes in Texas County.

After his victory, Santorum told reporters he's finally being heard and supported by conservatives who want a clear contrast to President Barack Obama.

The next focus for the candidates will be Ohio and its vote on Super Tuesday, March 6.

Area caucuses

Caucuses will be held locally on March 17.

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Uh oh.

No votes for Buddy Roemer? (Yes. I know - no Superpac.)

Northcentral Arkansas and likely the primary voting Delta Republicans will go for Santorum. (Probably the third of South Arkansas too.) NW Arkansas goes to Romney and probably central Arkansas also.

Looks to be a second term for the incumbent. What makes it worse is that it will be the Republicans who Obama will be thanking come November.

-- Posted by HDucker on Wed, Feb 22, 2012, at 11:25 PM

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