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As expected, Rick Santorum easily took the Kansas Republican Caucus on Saturday with 51% of the vote. Mitt Romney took a distant second place with a mere 20%.

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Results for Kansas Republican Caucus (U.S. Presidential Primary)
Mar 10, 2012 (100% of precincts reporting)
Rick Santorum 15,290 51.2%
Mitt Romney 6,250 20.9%
Newt Gingrich 4,298 14.4%
Ron Paul 3,767 12.6%
Other 252 0.8%

Report from the Washington Post:

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum has won the Kansas Republican caucuses, the Associated Press projects, giving his campaign a boost as he seeks to make the case for a one-on-one contest against former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination.

With 76 percent of precincts reporting, Santorum was taking 53 percent in this rural Midwestern state that in many ways is tailor-made for him. The former senator has made his conservative views on social issues a focal point in his bid to win the GOP nod.

Romney was running second with 17 percent; former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) was in third place with 16 percent, and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who like Santorum had been campaigning hard in the state in recent days, was in fourth place with 13 percent.

Kansas awards 40 national convention delegates based on the caucus results, with 12 district-wide delegates awarded winner-take-all, 25 at-large delegates awarded proportionally based on the statewide vote and three delegate spots reserved for RNC members.

Kansas is another boost for Santorum heading into this week which will feature primaries in Alabama, Mississippi and a caucus in Hawaii.

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