Louisiana Primary — Open and Updates
Santorum: 50%, Romney: 26%, Gingrich: 16%, Paul: 6%
With 10% Reporting, Fox News has now called the primary for Rick Santorum as well. Here are the results so far:
Santorum: 42%, Romney: 30%, Gingrich: 20%, and Paul: 5%
Its not clear yet, but it appears that Gingrich will not be able to meet the requisite 25% of the vote in order to be included in the sharing of delegates.
BREAKING: CNN projects that Rick Santorum wins Louisiana. More results to follow.
The polls are scheduled to close in Louisiana in about 30 minutes, and updates will be posted here as the results come in. Early tallies of poll traffic appear to indicate a low voter turnout for today’s contest where 20 of the state’s 46 total delegates are at stake. The remaining delegates are awarded at a state convention in June. In order to be eligible to secure any delegates tonight, the candidate must receive at least 25% of the vote.
Exit Polls indicate that the economy remained the top issue on the minds of voters. Additionally, about two-thirds of those who cast their vote today were “strongly committed” to their candidate. Only 3 out of 10 voters surveyed wanted to see the race come to a quick end, while the rest wanted to see their candidate of choice soldier on to secure the nomination, even if it means that the primary contest will continue on for months.
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cnn already projects Santorum. No vote count showing yet.
This kind of primary has not been seen for maybe 80 or more years. Of course, I hope Newt will be the nominee. I don’t don’t know how it will happen, but I actually also think Newt will be our nominee. My intuition says the same.
HopeChange, I wish I had your intuition.
I really fear that the RNC will try and force Newt out.
This is just too depressing.
I just am amazed. I am looking at this map on the precincts and returns thus far:
With hardly ANY precincts reporting (many of those colored purple for Santorum or yellow for Romney have 0% reporting for goodness sake!!), they have made a HUGE leap here, IMHO.
New Orleans has not turned in 1 vote – that promises to be heavily Romney, from most urban indicators…..
Far from over, people.
Stop trying to create and shape the news, instead of reporting it, MSM – please!!!
They know something we don’t. They know the dems came out and voted for Santorum and Romney. LOL Hell, Huffington post called it for Santorum about an hour ago.
I don’t get it. What am I not seeing that’s motivating people to vote for Romney or Santorum over Gingrich.
We live in the freakin Twlight Zone, that’s the ONLY excuse I can muster. 🙁
I looked at that graph on the link DinoRightMarie provided, above, about 40 minutes ago, and all these areas with no votes were colored in yellow for Romney. E.g. Bienville. Now precincts are reporting, and they are Santorum, and Romney isn’t even close. WTF?
Newt was the only candidate to attend the Baton Rouge Tea Party forum. Newt made the wonderful U.S. Energy Policy Speech in Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Newt was the only candidate to understand the problems the state faces with erosion. And Newt was the only candidate to not put his foot in his mouth last week. What do these people want?
What a face palm moment!
I’ve been a quiet observer lately. I still believe it’s not over until it’s over. Newt has stated as much. He said no one will have the total delegates to win this nomination outright.
You are right conservativegram, Newt did everything right. He’ll continue to do so I believe and in the end the steadiness of his approach will reap its reward at the GOP convention.
I’ll continue to donate what I can.
I concur with Hope Change that despite these setbacks, Newt will win.
Brokered convention here we come! Certo!
While I hope with all my heart that Newt is the nominee, accordimg to this “rule” http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57401636-503544/gop-rule-could-sink-gingrich-paul-hopes-to-win-at-contested-republican-convention/ (h/t Scorpio51) he will need to win 3 more states to make it to the convention and with the dems voting for the others and the RNC controlling things, I am so very afraid that it won’t happen.
I heard about that new rule as well. I’ve heard differing points to it.
It also says this:
“It’s possible that even if Gingrich or Paul’s delegates can’t vote for their candidate on the first ballot, they could do so on subsequent ballots if Gingrich and/or Paul garners the support of a plurality of delegates from at least five states during the fight on the convention floor. Under Republican National Committee rules, Gingrich or Paul would need to be formally nominated after the first ballot for this to happen, and demonstrate their support in five states when this happens. It’s an extremely unlikely scenario, though technically possible.”
Nothing is impossible in this primary election.
We shall see. It will be an interesting convention.
“Wayne Softley, 56, who works as a rigging grip in movie production, also said his first choice was Gingrich, but he thinks the former Georgia congressman is too far behind now. “I just figured I’d give Santorum the vote,” he said. “I’m trying to make my vote count.”
Joseph Natal, who owns a brake inspection business, was inclined to support Gingrich as well, but also chose Santorum. “I didn’t want to waste my vote,” he said.”
Wow, these people just made their vote not count.
Newt was the only one speaking of $2.50 gas and forced Obama to answer for gas prices. Obama fears Newt.
These voters seemed to settle for Santorum who will continue to fumble in his verbiage, his misspeak, and will continue to demonstrate that his ideas were taken from Newt. Santorum is a lightweight.
I also observed Rush’s take on Obama’s war on American oil and he failed to give Newt credit for this. It was Newt who made it “the” topic.
Ho hum, Newt is the American muscle car and he will win.
BREAKING: CNN projects that Rick Santorum wins Louisiana.
Gosh! Not-Romney wins again.
Well, at least 0bama is carrying on in a way that even Romney would be a palpable choice over the 0ne. Imagine that, first 0bama makes Carter look better, and now he makes Romney look like a better choice.
If that was racist, I apologize to all those who have been oppressed by my people, and we will try hard not to do it again.
The Republican party has open primaries where Democrats and Independents can vote, has caususes where aye/nay voice votes are ‘counted’, don’t require Photo IDs, plays games with primary schedules and delegates, allows some states to set stringent rules for candidates (VA), and the 5 state requisite rule, allows candidates and their sponsors to smear, lie, and cheat, spend millions…..
and the Democrats do worse, much worse.
What a disgusting way run an election.
State parties make their own rules. The RNC can’t dictate to the states. They can’t even enforce a primary schedule once every four years.
Virginia is the third-toughest state in which to qualify for the ballot, but someone is going to be, by definition, aren’t they? In 2008 all six Republicans qualified for the VA ballot, as well as Denis Kucinich on the other side. In 2000, Alan Keyes qualified. And all of those were under stricter rules: it used to be required to get the last four digits of SSN to verify signatures, and many people would not give it. This cycle that was waived.
Virginia isn’t some huge problem, it just requires a little planning and effort. You know, the sort of qualities you might like to see in a President.
I voted and it is a complete waste of time because they can change the votes at the convention. I voted for Ron Paul in protest because there’s no one on the ballot that I like.