Santorum Wins Kansas Caucuses (Update1)

Updated from 4:57 p.m. EST with final returns from the Kansas caucuses.

TOPEKA, Kan. ( TheStreet) -- Rick Santorum won Kansas' Republican caucuses Saturday by a wide margin, according to the Associated Press.

Final results showed the former Pennsylvania senator had 51% support, the AP reported. That put him far ahead of Republican front-runner Mitt Romney, who had 21%. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had 14%, and Ron Paul had 13%, the news agency added.

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With those results, Santorum took 33 of Kansas' 40 delegates, the AP said.

Elsewhere, Romney overnight won all nine delegates on the Pacific island of Guam and all nine in the Northern Mariana Islands. He also won the Wyoming caucuses, picking up at least six of Wyoming's 12 delegates.

Despite his showing in Kansas, Romney remains far in the lead in the delegate count for the Republican presidential nomination.

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According to the AP's latest tally, Romney has 453 delegates, followed by Santorum with 217, Gingrich with 107 and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas with 47.

In order to lock the nomination at the party's August convention in Tampa, a candidate must have 1,144 delegates, the AP noted.

The focus of the GOP race now shifts to Alabama and Mississippi, which hold primaries on Tuesday, March 13. Ninety delegates are up for grabs in those two states, and the AP noted that polls point to close races in both states.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.

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