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Santorum won the Republican caucuses in Kansas

WASHINGTON – The very conservative Rick Santorum as expected easily won the Kansas caucuses, a victory which gives hope yet to break the momentum of Mitt Romney, a favorite in the race for the Republican nomination to face Barack Obama the presidential election of November 6, United States.

But Romney, who had not campaigned in Kansas, has also earned points on his side, dominating the polls Wyoming, the island of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Santorum, former senator from Pennsylvania, was considered the favorite in Kansas, where many evangelical voters appreciate his fierce opposition to abortion and the opening of marriage to homosexual couples.

He hoped to get an advantage of this victory for the primaries on Tuesday in Alabama and Mississippi, in the South, where polls predict that he will again share the voices with the most conservative Newt Gingrich. Eliminating it would allow him to be alone Romney opponent to his right.

Gingrich, who struggle to stay in contention, can ill afford to lose the Mississippi or Alabama. As for Mitt Romney, a victory in the South would allow him to show he can get the votes of evangelicals.

In Kansas, Santorum has collected 51% of the vote, Romney 21%, 14% Gingrich 13% and Ron Paul. Santorum and gets support from 33 of the 40 delegates of that State. Romney for his part, won seven of 12 delegates from Wyoming, and three Santorum.

Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, continues to struggle against the skepticism of some supporters of the Republican Party who accuse him of having been in the past moderate positions on sensitive social issues like abortion. Santorum wants to appear as the only true conservative in the running credible but has neither the organization nor the means of his campaign multimillionaire opponent.

According to Associated Press count, Mitt Romney has so far received 453 delegates, more than all his rivals combined. Santorum is in 217, 107 Gingrich and Paul 47. It should be 1144 delegates for the Republican nomination to the National Party Congress to be held late August in Tampa, Florida.

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