(CNN) – The Colorado Republican Party certified the results of the state's Tuesday caucuses, announcing Rick Santorum won with over 40% of the vote.
With 100% of the precincts reporting, Santorum captured 40.31% of the vote, followed by Mitt Romney with 34.85%, Newt Gingrich with 12.79% and Ron Paul with 11.75%.
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Colorado Republican Chair Ryan Call declared Santorum the winner live on CNN early Tuesday morning. Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, also won Tuesday contests in Minnesota and Missouri.
However, fewer Centennial State residents, at 66,027, voted in the caucuses than in 2008, when over 70,000 Republicans cast ballots.
"Last night, Colorado Republicans took an enthusiastic first step in nominating our candidate to defeat Barack Obama in November," Call said in a statement. "I congratulate Senator Rick Santorum on his victory and I'm confident that no matter who our eventual nominee is, Colorado will do its part this November to elect a Republican President."