Santorum wins Kansas caucuses; Romney touts delegate gains
March 10th, 2012
07:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum wins Kansas caucuses; Romney touts delegate gains

(CNN) – Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum cruised to victory in Saturday's Kansas caucuses, gathering momentum for two upcoming Southern primaries. But top rival Mitt Romney's campaign said the candidate won more delegates over the weekend, with the help of three other races and updated results in one state.

Santorum's victory in Kansas - which his top rivals essentially ceded - came on the heels of his three victories on Super Tuesday. His campaign said tea party loyalists and conservatives continue to rally around him.

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Filed under: 2012 • Kansas • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum
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  1. T'sah From Virginia

    Romney’s LOVES – Name that State!!!

    I like grits
    I like cars
    I like Davy Crocket
    I like butter on a stick
    I like trees
    I love one of my home states
    I love RomneyCare for you but not the rest of the country
    I love NASCAR – I love the people who OWN it
    I didn't need to love NO one in this state – Only two of us were on the ballot!!
    But I don't like Sunflower seeds – Too much work for a "little" seed – I like BIG things I able to "fire"

    March 10, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. jrod

    I always thought Moore was a better actress than this, I am really surprised.

    March 10, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. diridi

    This 3rd century idiot needs to leave the politics. His nasty thoughts of No pill for Women, only Home school, or go to Catholic school, No gays to serve military, Church and state and calling JFK nasty, this idiot is not at all fit for any public office. No wonder Obama is crying on education. o.k,

    March 10, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. GonzoinHouston

    The fact that someone like Santorum is winning anything is a little scary. His record as an extremist and a flake is pretty well established. But this is Kansas, where the state school board tried to replace evolution with creationism, and home to Fred Phelp's wacko "church".

    Vote Santorum! Barefoot and pregnant forever!

    March 10, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. EDDY

    Do not forget to report, media, that Romney picked up every delegate avaibale last night, in GUAM and NORTHERN MARIANNA, a total of 18..

    March 10, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Larry L

    Kansas has exactly the right population for Santorum. Like Santorum, most of the people believe the Earth to be less than 6000 years old and feel humans and dinosaurs walked the earth together. This slice of American Taliban would support the idea of a theocracy and would Christianity to rule our country. A perfect place for Santorum to discuss the evils of contraception and the "critical" need for more sodomy laws!

    March 10, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    Frontrunner is not in Kansas are you all joking? Really he abandons Kansas

    March 10, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. doug

    Not a fan of Santorum, but the facts are the facts, he is a better human being than every single Democrat in America. He is honest, compassionate, and has the ability to feel remorse and admit to a mistake, you certainly cannot say the same about any Democrat.

    March 10, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. doug

    Read the lib parrot comments, which are really just a trained dog barking the commands of their masters at Moore-on.org.

    There is no difference between how Al Queda feels about infidels, Nazis felt about Jews, and how Democrats in America feel about Christianity. Is there any doubt that these Obama-bots don't want their conservative neighbors and their family rounded up for extermination?

    March 10, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Living in the REAL world

    I'm sure Romney will do well enough to get some delegates without spending a lot of money and time there. It's called momentum. He's focusing on other races where he is close enough to win. He's prioritizing and focusing on the achievable. Romney is a very very smart guy. Of course all this is lost on some of the clueless in here.

    March 10, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Bill from GA

    I don't agree with Santorum's views, politically or socially. But he probably does. Newt and Mitt just say whatever they think their audience wants to hear; they are both phony as can be.

    Obama in 2012

    March 10, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. once upon a horse

    @ doug....

    from the stuff you always post here I amd SHOCKED you ar not a fan of Santorum you seem to fit the mold of the people that would vote for him. And that being said I am also shocked tha Gingrich is not going to Kansas because I think he would do pretty good there. Once you get outside of Kansas City it isn't much there for progressives or people with more open mind forms of thinking so either Newt or Santorum should do well.

    March 10, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. B

    Keep up the moronic Food-fight guys, it will not win the Fall election because America understands now what you people are all about.

    Obama will win the election hands down as it is easy to deal with fools with the -Same Solutions- that Bush offered up.

    March 10, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    geesh all Mitt had to do was come to Topeka and claim the Wizard of Oz was his favorite movie and wear a Jayhawks t-shirt and he might have gotten more votes. I am surprised he didn't consider doing something like that since he has now developed a Southern accent and eats grits. :)

    March 10, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. george of the jungle

    kolob is that near the moon where newts going? mitt just went to check on his money. How many people are there on these islands anyway?. Have they been colonized by the mormons? God help us all if he becomes president. Even thought the church says they are stopping plan on being baptised a mormon.

    March 10, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    "Is there any doubt that these Obama-bots don't want their conservative neighbors and their family rounded up for extermination?"

    Raises hand.
    Paranoid much, doug?

    March 10, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. Bessy

    @ doug
    Listen man, you really have to chill out. Democrats , on a whole, do like dislike Christianity. Many, like me, are Christians. We simply do not believe that anyone should be trying to shove Christianity down everyones throat. God is not a Christian, or a Moslem, or a Jew, etc. He is everyone's God and it is about time that you Bible Thumpers realize that. You really have to stop listening to Rush, O'Reilly, Beck, Palin, etc. and get a life.

    March 10, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Patrick from Minnesota

    Hey doug. I'm a Catholic liberal and proud of it (and there are PLENTY of us to go around).

    March 10, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. MythsGone

    He will probably win the nomination and when he does – he will go to the center faster than Newt changes wives. He has told everyone how "severely" conservative he is and it's amazing how many people have bought into it. but when the GOP primaries are over and he needs to appeal to the "National" populace -– he will once again change colors.

    March 10, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. Jeff

    Romney is unstoppable. Take a deep breath, liberals. Now exhale. You precious president is going down in November....and the only reason is that his record is dismal. :-)

    March 10, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    @Living in the REAL world: "Romney is a very very smart guy. Of course all this is lost on some of the clueless in here."

    Here's reality for YOU, Bub: Romney made his millions breaking up American companies, laying off American workers and shipping American jobs overseas.

    Mittens' plans for our country are like what he did to companies while working at Bain:

    1. Hostile takeover (steal the election; he's already proven he's willing to do that with his buying of votes in Maine).

    2. Suck out the assets (lower taxes on the wealthy; eliminate capital gains taxes).

    3. Reduce operating expenses to finance the debt (lower taxes means lower revenues means higher deficit; eliminate social spending, cut education, let infrastructure continue to crumble and decay, lay off public employees).

    4. Take his "fees" for his "expert management services" (see #2 above: he and his millionaire/billionaire cronies would benefit the most from the reduced/eliminated taxes).

    5. Leave the company to go bankrupt (our nation would permanently fall into third-world status, with virtually no Middle Class and an uneducated, sprawling poverty class, desperate to work for 50 cents/day, totally dependent on the charity of those few charitable organizations the right deem "worthy" of their donations).

    6. Move on to the next target company (invest in emerging nations such as China and India, where labor is cheap and regulations are minimal; make further millions and billions, lining their own pockets and chalking up their killing of America to the "free market correcting itself").

    March 10, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. ourjungle

    Here is a plan you might subscribe to....lets send the Washington insiders back to Washington, especially the one that has been campaigning to move our focus off the Recession. The Recession.....does anyone remember the Recession? Our Nation is crawling out of a devastating Recession,and the Washington insiders do not seem focused on our Nation's deplorable Economy.....instead, these Washington insiders have been rolling out the tried ,and true " I'm holier then tho" theme, followed by a good milking of our deep spiritual feelings. These Washington insiders are spending multi-millions on tooting their own horns about their moses high ground....which will not bring our Nation one step closer to fixing the broken Economy, nor create one job. But, this is the Washington insider mind-set that caused our Nation to take past roads to economic ruin. Yes, lets send these Washington insiders back, so that we,and our children can continue to suffer economic hardship for generations.

    March 10, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    @Doug: "There is no difference between how Al Queda feels about infidels, Nazis felt about Jews, and how Democrats in America feel about Christianity."

    No, the problem is you think anyone who doesn't hold your own narrow view of Christianity wants to harm you. You don't understand the meaning of the First Amendment's guarantee of religious freedom, and you're so co-dependent that you only feel secure in your faith if everyone is exactly the same as you.

    I feel sorry for you, Doug, and hope that you can one day be strong enough in your faith to not feel the need to be so hateful towards others.

    March 10, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. Christian Left

    Doug, you need to crawl out from under the rock you are playing make-believe in. I am a Christian Democrat. The Bible tells me to help the poor, and I do so. Repubs can't keep pulling the Christian card, while starving our own citizens and blowing up citizens of other country. You can't be pro-life but believe in capital punishment and ongoing, unneeded wars. Modern extremism is ruining the GOP. Good luck in the fall.

    March 10, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. madmaninthemiddle

    You're right Real. Its all about delegate math now. No one else can win enough now – but Romney has to ensure a first ballot victory. Otherwise all hell breaks loose.

    March 10, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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