Santorum Sweeps Most Of Kansas, But Romney Takes Wyoming And Still Holds Delegate Lead

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More news from the wild and exciting Republican primary race, in which a sweater-wearing hypocrite with an unhealthy obsession with other people's sex lives is putting a scare into a liberal, a conservative and a moderate - and that's just Mitt Romney! Badda bing!

Former senator Rick Santorum (Pa.) cruised to a victory in the Kansas caucuses with 51 percent of the vote, sweeping all but one of the state’s 105 counties, the Associated Press reported, and bolstering his argument that he, and not former House speaker Gingrich, is the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney.

But in the end, only one number counts: 1,144 — the number of delegates a candidate needs to cinch the Republican nomination. And Romney’s campaign claimed victory for the night, collecting 39 delegates overall, to Santorum’s 33. In Wyoming, where some counties had held caucuses earlier in the week, Romney easily outpaced his rivals and won seven of the 12 delegates at stake. Santorum won three, Paul one. (One delegate went uncommitted.)

Earlier, Romney also swept contests in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, picking up a total of 18 delegates. The former Massachusetts governor sent his son, Matt, to campaign on his behalf to both territories, making his the only campaign represented in the far-flung Pacific islands.

The true test in that battle will come Tuesday, when the GOP race heads south to two states that should be Gingrich strongholds, Alabama and Mississippi. Polls show a tight race in both states.

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