MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Turnout has generally been low for Minnesota’s Republican presidential caucus, and that appears to be no different in the latest straw poll.

The GOP says Tuesday’s contest drew about 47,800 participants with about 95 percent of precincts reporting. Four years ago turnout was nearly 63,000 after all precincts were counted.

Rick Santorum finished comfortably ahead of Ron Paul Tuesday with Mitt Romney a distant third and Newt Gingrich last. Romney, the front-runner for the nomination, won in Minnesota four years ago by casting himself as the conservative alternative to John McCain. It proved to be a winning strategy in a state where party processes are traditionally dominated by deeply conservative activists.

The results are a blow for Romney who had the help of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty in Minnesota.

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Comments (21)
  1. G Dog says:

    Wack jobs always show up, especially the holier-than-thou evangelical me-first bozos who hijacked the GOP in the 90’s.

    1. DEEP says:

      G Dog please enlighten us with your ideals and ideas for the future of our Constitutional Republic. Personally I agree with Ron Paul. Ron Paul has my support. Who do you support and why?

      1. llp says:

        So you support Ron Paul and his raciest views

  2. Not Red, Not Blue, but Purple says:

    This is interesting to me. I mean, I’m all for people taking the opportunity to make their voices heard regardless of which side of the aisle you generally land on. But I still can’t figure out why someone would waste their vote on somone who clearly has no chance to win. For instance, there have been times in the past when I felt the independent party candidate was best. But I never voted for them because there wasn’t a chance they’d get elected. That said, its interesting the GOP turnout was so much lower than years past. Maybe voters who traditionally vote for the GOP see the writing on the wall and are starting to lose hope. I’m not saying good, bad, or otherwise. It’s just interesting….

  3. Oh says:

    Mr. Hope and Change wants to create a nation humbled; humiliated, casting-aside capitalism and individual freedoms for one where we the people are government controlled. This would be a system that genuflects mediocrity, steals personal aspiration and opportunity, and punishes those who strive to succeed.

    A gallon of regular gasoline the day Obama was inaugurated was $1.79 on average in the U.S. Today that price is $3.59, a 100.6% increase. The number of food stamp recipients has risen since Obama took office from 31,983,716 to 43,200,878, a 35.1% jump. Long term unemployment soared 146.2% during the same 32 month period from 2,600,000 to 6,400,000. Staggering hope and change isn’t it?

    American citizens living in poverty have risen 9.5% from 39,800,000 to 43,600,000, and the number of unemployed has jumped almost 25% from 11,616,000 to 14,485,000 as of August 31, 2011. The number of unemployed blacks has risen from 12.6% at the end of George Bush’s term to 15.8% today, a 25.4% increase, and finally, our national debt is up 34.4% from 10.627 trillion to 14,278 trillion *

    1. TPaw says:

      And you shallow Neocon point is?

      1. LibertyDiva says:

        I believe the figures speak for themselves. You see Oh is “issue oriented”.

        1. G Dog says:

          And the Dow was at 8000 when Obama took over and is pushing 13000 today.

          Me and rest of the 1%ers are doing GREAT!

          How you doing?

          1. ripped says:

            I’VE BEEN RIPPED OFF!!!

    2. Fred G says:

      Huh. You’re forgetting one thing: if the GOP was actually the saviour they profess they are, what have they done for the country since Nov. 2010 when they gained control? By your rationale, the proverbial ship should have been bailed out and it’s course corrected a long time ago. You’d probably say ‘two years of bad policy can’t be corrected overnight.’ And you’d be right. So if the GOP can’t correct Obama’s mistakes in two years, how can we expect Obama’s administration to correct 8 years worth of bad policy from GW Bush?

      The truth is that we’re still dealing with and suffering from policies set in motion by the Bush administration. For example, look at the millions of dollars donated to help GOP candidates Romney and Gingrich. Once upon a time, it was illegal for a candidate to receive more than a given amount from donations. The Supreme Court Justices appointed by Bush sidestepped that law, sating that the rule still applies, but allowed donors to supply an unlimited amount of money to “foundations” that support a given candidate. So now, I couldn’t donate 5 million dollars to Newt Gingrich legally, but I could donate my 5 million to the “Gingrich Forever” foundation and that would be just fine. Typical back door, tongue-in-cheek, loophole politics established by the GOP to benefit themselves and the super rich. They say there’s a sucker born every minute. I guess you were the one for your minute.

    3. llp says:

      Could it be because of the party of No and this all started not with Obama but with the VOODOO Economics of the Ronald Raygun. I’t amazing how soon we forget the past and how we really got here. Maybe I should go back to when the raciest southern Dixi-Crats took over the Republican party and made it a voice for hate against any one that didn’t look like them.

  4. JesseV says:

    TPaw can’t even deliver his state to Mitt. Is it a wonder Dayton is Gov?

  5. DEEP says:

    Great strong 2nd for Ron Paul. Delegates build and the game goes on.

  6. j speedbag 64 says:

    thats because everybody knows the gop aint gonna win squat….obama will easily win again….i’m keeping my vote home this time…..go get raked through the coals at the polling booth..gfys….

  7. wake up call says:

    Low turnout in the MN republican caucuses is most likely due to people finally waking up a realizing that it will be a bumper year for Democrats in 2012. No point in them wasting their time and money on something they cannot win. Did they raise the million needed to get their party out of debt at the caucuses?

  8. G Dog says:

    Ron Paul is entertaining, but so incredibly naive it is painful.

  9. John says:

    The G in G Dog clearly doesn’t stand for genius.

  10. Murph says:

    !5,000 stayed home! In the fall of 2012 they might as well all stay home! The candidates are less than mediocre! If fact they all show symptoms of being mentally unstable, physically feeble and outrageously panning to a religiousness that they really neither practice nor respect! I find them to be less than zero on the believeability meter! I’m sure many of you do too!

  11. Rocky says:

    In the U.S. your given two choices, vote DEM or vote Rep. both are pre choinen by a few other ppl, both will be multi millionairs, both promise the moon, neither will deliver anything, the cycle continues….Why bother voting at all, they will support there views not the ppl’s……

  12. A Voter says:

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Obama will win a second term, so why waste your time attending a caucus???