Santorum the people’s choice on caucus night

He dominates vote in FL, Wyoming

Cliff Buchan
News Editor

Republicans in Forest Lake and Wyoming like Rick Santorum. So much in fact that he was the clear cut winner in the Tuesday, Feb. 7 non-binding presidential preference vote.

The former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania easily won in the Senate District 52 vote and also swept the Chisago County vote totals from Senate District 17.

In Senate District 52, Santorum received 449 votes in the straw poll. Texas Congressman Ron Paul was a distant second with 292 votes.

Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was third with 156 followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney who had 151. Romney won the statewide straw poll four years ago.

In Chisago County, Santorum led the field with 349 votes. Paul was second with 121 followed by Romney with 73 and Gingrich with 67.

Santorum also won the straw poll in Wyoming, Chisago City and Stacy. He had 48 votes in Wyoming, nine in Stacy and 21 in Chisago City.

Here’s how the other three candidates fared in the three cities. Stacy: Paul, 6; Gingrich, 2; and Romney 2. Wyoming: Gingrich, Paul and Romney, 11 votes. Chisago City: Gingrich, 7; Paul, 6; and Romney, 4.

In the five Forest Lake precinct caucus votes, Santorum led the four main contending candidates with 73 votes. Paul was second with 49 votes. Third in the balloting was Romney with 25 votes. Gingrich was fourth with 24 votes. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has dropped out of the race, received two votes.

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