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Santorum wins Douglas County Republican caucus

March 10, 2012

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As Kansas went, so did Douglas County in picking a winner in the Republican Party presidential caucus on Saturday.

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum finished first among Douglas County GOP caucusgoers with 288 votes, followed by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney with 233 votes.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who appeared before a lively crowd at the Lied Center on Friday, placed third with 173 votes, and former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich ran fourth, with 81 votes.

Hundreds of Douglas County Republicans listened to speeches Saturday at Free State High School before voting.

Douglas County Republican Party Chairman Richard Todd said he hoped the caucus would generate excitement in the presidential race and local contests.

“We can’t lose with any one of these four guys,” Todd said referring to the GOP field. Republicans met statewide at 96 locations to select their preferred nominee. The voting will determine how the Kansas GOP allocates its 40 delegates to the Republican National Convention.

Weighing the options

Representatives for Gingrich, Paul, Romney and Santorum spoke to the Douglas County crowd, which filled up the bleachers on one side of a gymnasium at the high school.

Before the speeches, Ronnie Ching, a research analyst, said he was undecided on whom he would support.

Ching said that improving the economy and increasing jobs was the No. 1 issue.

“As a whole, people just need to have hope again,” he said.

He said the divisiveness of politics upset him, and he wanted candidates to focus more on ideas and proposals than prey on people’s emotions.

Brendan Golledge, a 20-year-old college student, attended the caucus to vote for Paul. He said Paul was the only candidate with a “sane” foreign policy who would keep the United States out of multiple wars.

Jon Hunt said he was leaning toward Santorum. Hunt had served as Douglas County campaign chairman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who dropped out of the race after several missteps.

Hunt said he would support whoever the Republican nominee is, but added that Romney “hasn’t closed the deal for me.”

Annette Fales of McLouth said she was supporting Santorum for his strong family views and his economic proposals.

Representatives speaking on behalf of the candidates tried to make the case that their candidate was the best one to face President Barack Obama and lead the country.

State Rep. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, said Gingrich’s bold ideas and record when he was House speaker made him the most qualified candidate.

Brown admitted that he was concerned about Gingrich’s personal “baggage” but said he believed Gingrich was now a man of faith and family-oriented.

David Conway, an Iraq War veteran and philosophy student at Kansas University, said that while he was recovering from war injuries he became more interested in politics, and that led him to becoming a Paul supporter.

“A lot of people challenge him on foreign policy,” Conway said. “His foreign policy is obeying the Constitution.”

Tom Murray, an attorney from Lawrence, said Democrats are always attacking Romney because they know he can defeat Obama.

He said the November election will hinge on whether the Republican Party can lure back suburban middle- and upper-income voters in a handful of swing states. Romney is the most attractive candidate to those voters, he said.

Jim Meyer told Republicans to vote for their values and pick Santorum. He said that for the past several years, Republicans have nominated moderates and lost.

“We don’t win when we compromise our conservative values, but only when we stand boldly for them,” he said.

Douglas County leanings

The Douglas County vote total was divided between those who live in the 2nd Congressional District and those who live in the 3rd.

In the 2nd, Santorum received 164 votes; Romney, 150; Paul, 80 and Gingrich, 50. In the 3rd, Santorum got 124 votes, Paul 93, Romney, 83 and Gingrich, 31.

Several candidates who had already dropped out of the race received a smattering of votes, and there were several uncommitted Republicans, blank votes and 67 provisional ballots.

Todd said 855 people participated in the caucus, which was about the same number as in 2008. He said that he wished more people had attended and that voting went off without a hitch.

Comments

lwctown 2 years, 1 month ago

I certainly hope the next republican president can restore us to the prosperity of the bush Cheney years....no wait the Clinton/gore years...but wait they werent republican....hmm...maybe Kansas should learn something from that.

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patkindle 2 years, 1 month ago

why does anyone evem worry about kansas or a primary?

obama will be the president after the next election the welfare rats will make sure they load the ballot boxes so the hope and change guy will keep robbing from the working class and pay to the underachieners that are too smart to work

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John McCoy 2 years, 1 month ago

Is Lawrence even in the same universe with the rest of Kansas?

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tylerray13 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm not surprised, Kansas is known for being socially conservative. I mean come on, we just elected Brownback as our Governor. I am a little surprised that Douglas County didn't vote for Ron Paul, considering his large support from college students. I figured Johnson County and Wichita would go to Romney...but among my more moderate republican friends, none of them actually went to the caucuses. I'm sticking with Obama in November, but I seriously doubt he would ever take the state of Kansas. I'm also pretty sure Kevin Yoder will keep his seat in the 3rd congressional district after Dennis Moore voted for the healthcare reform. Kansas has always been pretty conservative, and unless there's a large population boom it will remain that way.

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overplayedhistory 2 years, 1 month ago

"He said the divisiveness of politics upset him, and he wanted candidates to focus more on ideas and proposals than prey on people’s emotions."

When republicans do that they loose or become more moderate and loose their funding. Best stick to preying on emotions.

The problem is

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cowboy 2 years, 1 month ago

Things that had more than 300 people attend.....

hog judging seminar car wreck on 31st street any bar on mass st on game night the outhouse on friday night

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 1 month ago

We must remember the country was under the government watch of Bush/Cheney who twice sent the economy down the tubes in 8 years.

  1. Their inability to keep the FBI on the trail 24/7 of the 9/11/01 culprits which sent the economy down the tubes. Yes citizens should have demanded loudly their resignations.

  2. The Bush/Cheney/Paulson home loan fraud perpetrated against America again sent the economy down the tubes. Where are the resignations?

In real life this type of management would have resulted in termination without question.

Since government malfeasance was the source of millions of jobs losses it seems it would be the role of government to put the unemployed back to work.......without question.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 1 month ago

Santorum will bring back warmed over Bush family of politicians wreckanomics not fiscally responsible management of OUR tax dollars.

Santorum will bring more big government telling women what to do and giving more tax dollars to the wealthy corporate USA tax dollar moochers which is facism pure and simple.

Santorum is a wealthy white collar radical right wing extremists who by the way has spent his last few years as a lobbyists. Got defeated and run out of congress only to become a high dollar lobbyists.

What the hell are voters thinking? Since when does a defeated congressman and now a lobbyists make for a good choice?

Actually 3 of the 4 repub candidates fit the above description. Ron Paul is close and on the edge.

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Steven Gaudreau 2 years, 1 month ago

As an indepedent, no chance i would vote for Santorum. My issue with Obama is his economic advisors mostly consisting of Goldman Sachs people, the most evil group of humans under one roof. Wall Street regulation wont change if the lawmakers are the criminals. Only for this reason would i even listen to Romney with an open mind if he gets the gop nod.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 1 month ago

Tax cuts for the wealthy create tax increases and more debt ......... not less. Why?

Because the less government boys and girls have never created less government. It's all rhetoric. Aka BS!

When Reagan and GW Bush put millions upon millions upon millions out of work,out of medical insurance and out of retirement plans this increases the Social Services Budget big time. Not too damn smart.

When corporate america consistently ships millons of USA jobs abroad this puts millions upon millions upon millions out of work,out of medical insurance and out of retirement plans this increases the Social Services Budget big time. Not too damn smart.

Republicans support the above big time by refusing to replace jobs. Again NOT too damn smart.

Let me put this another way. It takes jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs to create other jobs,to create a steady flow of new economic growth which creates a steady flow of tax dollars to the cookie jars which pays the bills in order to stop increasing taxes.

When the jobs are eliminated what happens? The flow of new money is drastically reduced thus leaving fewer to pay the bills that never went away which inevitably produces tax increases.

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Michael LoBurgio 2 years, 1 month ago

Santorum: "When I'm President, the only medical procedure that the government will pay for will be exorcism."

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brewmaster 2 years, 1 month ago

The headline should be:

"As expected, the Republicans of Kansas and Douglas County choose the bigoted, religious nutcase."

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ConcernedAmerican 2 years, 1 month ago

As I said in a blog yesterday, this is one of the most important elections in decades as America slips and descends into an abyss. The main issues should be about the economy and the overwhelming loss of our civil liberties as citizens; not who does what to their own body, what they believe in or which side of the fence they choose to be on. As Dr. Ron Paul said at his rally on Friday, this is the beginning of an 'Intellectual revolution' (actually started 5 years ago) that will enlighten the masses, only if they take advantage of it. We as a society have become lazy slugs who wait for the next reality TV show, the next instructions from the corporate-run mass news media and the next incredible electronic toy. However, most of us are connected to the most invaluable source of truth, history and vital information through the internet and yet people still vote based on looks, faith, gut feelings, or do not vote at all. Learn to read again and look up the backgrounds of each of the candidates. Obama is a nice man, but he is letting the power get to his head. Romney is a nice guy but has no conviction. Newt, well, he's Newt. Santorum was run out of office after being found to be one of the most corrupt congressman 2 years in a row before he was ousted by his own state. Yet because of his 'faith and family first' convictions, he is now acceptable? Do Kansans really want a fake like him? I don't agree with everything Dr. Ron Paul says, but of the five candidates in the race, he is incorruptible and tells it like it is. He has for over 30 years in office. Start reading NOW; we might have time to save America.

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Michael LoBurgio 2 years, 1 month ago

Rick Santorum OUR ABORTION WAS DIFFERENT: WHEN THE ANTI-CHOICE CHOOSE

The procedure, whereby labor is induced to remove the fetus before it has any chance of surviving on its own, is considered by Mr. Santorum to be a ‘partial-birth abortion’, and he is correct. He also personally authorized one to save his wife, whom he loves.

Mr. Santorum is opposed to any and all forms of abortion. Incest? Too bad. Rape? Too bad. Twelve years old? Too bad . Wife, mother, daughter, lover, friend dying? Too bad.

This hypocrite needs to be kept out of all elective offices for the rest of his life.

“Abortion in any form is wrong,” said Santorum in 2000, three years after the tragedy. “Except for my wife. If your wife’s life was at stake and the only thing that could save her was an abortion, well, too bad. Your wife will have to die. It was different with my wife. You see, I love her. I don’t even know your wife’s name.”

http://early-onset-of-night.tumblr.com/post/6502308112/our-abortion-was-different-when-the-anti-choice

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 1 month ago

"Ching said that improving the economy and increasing jobs was the No. 1 issue.

“As a whole, people just need to have hope again,” he said.

He said the divisiveness of politics upset him, and he wanted candidates to focus more on ideas and proposals than prey on people’s emotions."

Prepare to be disappointed. This will be one of the nastiest campaigns in history (thanks to full funding from wealthy wackjobs and citizens united.)

And no matter who wins this election, the same redistributive pattern that's been in effect for the last 30 years will continue. In other words, the wealthy will do well no matter who wins, but considerably better if the Republican wins, and either way everyone else is screwed.

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grammaddy 2 years, 1 month ago

Judging by comments on other sites, the whold world thinks we're nuts.There's a lot more to Kansas than Oz, the Phelps crew,Frothy, and flat earth. Especially in Douglas County.

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Armstrong 2 years, 1 month ago

This should actually be a wakeup call to those living in the Lawrence liberal bubble. The county has chosen the most conservative candidate for the Republican ticket. Not that this makes any diffence but do any of you enlightened, party of tolerenace, hopey, changey folks ever wonder why you are the exception rather than the rule ???

Nah can't be you, it's everyone else right ?

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Michael Rowland 2 years, 1 month ago

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

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hs_reader 2 years, 1 month ago

Santorum has no chance in hell in getting elected, so I do hope this fight for the election keeps going, it only hurts Romney's chances against Obama.

You can't get elected if you don't at least pretend to be politically correct and Santorum's stance on homosexuality is ridiculous. How is anyone even thinking he'd win? Socially conservative when it's tied to being fiscally conservative can win over some needed independent votes, but how can it when it is tied to bigotry?

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 1 month ago

The Rebublican "Wheatbenders" of Doug county have spoken.

Guess what. I'm doing The Obama by Not "Bluffing".

The Obama's OWS posse and "Liberalist" supporters would eat Santorum "alive". Stantorum is from "Old School America". "Old School America" is fading along with the Babyboomers that "enriched" it.

The Obama's Trespassers, OWS posse, and 49 percenters there in, need him "desperately" to continue to "bleed" aka "Spread the wealth" of the Babyboomers until they are dry. They need their "productivity". The "fruits" of their labors.

Once dry, what will The Obama's Crew "live" off of? "Social Justice" will only fill their bellies when there is something to "take" from somebody else. Maybe in a few years the "Renminbi" system will work.

The Obama is only getting stronger. His gas "Speculator" cronies love him strong

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Mike Ford 2 years, 1 month ago

wissmo...nice to know you have nothing of value to say....so keep talking.... some other dimwit will repeat your nonsense,,,,,

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Carol Bowen 2 years, 1 month ago

So, Santorum has more votes than Romney. There's a hint of conservative leanings, even in Douglas county. The governor 's race should be interesting.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 1 month ago

Nice to know that many small towns in Franklin, Osage, Jefferson, and Leavenworth County were emptied and these intelligent people came here to make Kansas look good (LAUGH).

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 1 month ago

Drive by Free State Brewery on a warm afternoon and you can see the real democratic party sitting outside suckin booze and smoking ciggies.

There should be a law about balding old hippies and haircuts.

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 1 month ago

Hey Libs...........check out Obama's record, then think Hope and Change. The dude has not done anything. 850 million stimulus bucks went to DC. Nobody, check nobody can name a single job created.

Repeat..........almost a billion bucks to just one area of our country, one of the highest per capita income areas to boot, and when the accountants get together they can only shrug shoulders and give moo moo eyes as if hey buddy not my money.

We will dissolve as a nation soon.

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geekin_topekan 2 years, 1 month ago

I dont know what's the big deal. It aint like he was elected president or nuthing. They just weeded the pool out from 4 floating turds to one. no big deal.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 1 month ago

There are Republicans in Douglas county??????????? I thought they all left and moved west.

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yourneighbor 2 years, 1 month ago

Annette of McLouth might note that her residence is not actually in Douglas County.

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secrettoalonglife 2 years, 1 month ago

Sanatorium? Really, Santorum? C'mon.

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secrettoalonglife 2 years, 1 month ago

Sanatorium? Really, Santorum? C'mon.

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observant 2 years, 1 month ago

Douglas County, proud home to 775 total nutcases.

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Steve Jacob 2 years, 1 month ago

I guess the thousand people at the Paul rally where too high to get out of bed before noon today. .

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JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 1 month ago

Fewer than 300 votes won in a county with 100,000 residents. I predict Obama in a landslide even winning KS.

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 1 month ago

JJ. have you ever had a thought for yourself? Mocking and joining in is so so much Lawrence. Ron Paul or any of the other candidates should be like an ear bug to you. Unless, you plan on not working, going to college until you're 54 and then sitting outside Free State beer joint.

Again, if your not invested in the U.S. these Conservative folks will make no sense. Obama............Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what the country can do for you.

JFK asked a very different question.

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JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 1 month ago

All four of these candidates are losers. America is far better off with Obama.

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JJE007 2 years, 1 month ago

Dag nab it! If I'd ha' knowed spiked kooaid were beein' served I'd ha' let the mef lab burn an' hated on down!

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deec 2 years, 1 month ago

"He said that for the past several years, Republicans have nominated moderates and lost.." Um...what? Seriously, what are these people smoking, and why aren't they sharing. Don't bogart that crazy, my friend.

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Steve Jacob 2 years, 1 month ago

"We can't lose with any one of these four guys,"

Did he say that with a straight face? I know the overall winner will "kind of" unite the party because the hatred of Obama, but does any Republican like all four of those guys?

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