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Tuesday's GOP Primary Results
by LiberatedWoman
Feb 29, 2012 | 667 views | 5 5 comments | 156 156 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
It was a close race in the Michigan Republican primary last night.  At the time of this post with 99.9% of precincts reporting, Willard Mitt Romney had a lead of 41% to 38% over Rick Santorum.  Ron Paul came in third with 12% and Newt Gingrich trailed behind with over 6%.  The remaining 3% of the ballots were cast for other candidates.  Michigan has an open primary system where independents and Democrats are allowed to vote.

However, the delegates for Michigan are awarded on a proportional basis in which a candidate receives two delegates for each of the 14 congressional districts won and two at-large delegates are awarded proportionally.  Based upon the incomplete results, it appears that the delegate split favors Santorum with 19 delegates compared to 11 delegates for Romney.  Romney tended to dominate the urban areas while Santorum found his strength in rural areas.

The race in Arizona had a different result as Romney blows out Santorum by a 47% - 27% margin in a closed winner-take-all primary with 95.8% of precincts reporting.  Newt Gingrich rallied for third place at 16% and Ron Paul was in the rear at 8%.  Other candidates received about 1.5%.  Thus, Romney was able to capture all 29 delegates from Arizona.

The frenetic race continues next week as Super Tuesday arrives.  Ten states (Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia) will be voting on a day when approximately 20% of the delegates will be determined.  Gingrich is expected to do well in Georgia, Oklahoma and Tennessee.  Ron Paul may also have a chance to finally win a state since he is the only other candidate on the ballot with Romney in Virginia.  Santorum desperately needs to win Ohio if he wants to collect enough delegates to keep his campaign based on social conservatism alive.

Meanwhile, it looks like the Texas primary may occur on May 29 as interim court maps for the US House of Representatives and the Texas House of Representatives were released on Tuesday by the Federal District Court in San Antonio.  The Texas Senate districts were agreed upon earlier this month.  The interim maps will be used throughout the 2012 election cycle unless a successful appeal occurs.  Will Texas still matter in the presidential nominating process at that late date?  We will have to wait to see.

--The information in this blog is supplemented by Huffington Post, Wikipedia, Detroit News and the Texas Redistricting blog.
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