Today, Republicans voted in Alabama, Mississippi, Hawaii and American Samoa.
- Santorum won the Alabama primary with 34.5%, Gingrich came second with 29.3%, just ahead of Romney with 29.0%, and Paul scored 5.0%.
- Santorum won the Mississippi primary with 32.9%, Gingrich 31.3%, Romney 30.3%, and Paul 4.4%.
- Romney won the Hawaii caucus with 45.4%. Santorum came with 25.3%. Paul was third with 18.3% winning the largest island while Romney won the smaller islands.
- No vote totals are available from the US Territory of American Samoa, but Romney is projected to win all 9 delegates.
Update: Only 70 Republicans participating in the caucus since “it’s rare in American Samoa for anyone to officially register as a Republican or Democrat because local elected officials don’t run on party lines.” This means that 13% of caucus goers in American Samoa will be eligible to vote at the Republican National Convention!
Speculation is increasing that Newt Gingrich may drop out of the race. He will probably suspend his campaign and keep his pledged delegates in order to give himself an important role at the Republican National Convention.
- This Saturday, Republicans will vote again in Missouri’s caucus. The Republicans already had a primary there on February 7 and Santorum won every county across the state. No delegates were awarded in the primary, but Santorum hopes to repeat his success in the Missouri caucus.
- On Sunday, Puerto Rico will be the final US Territory to vote.
- This is quickly followed by the Illinois primary on Tuesday. Oddsmakers at inTrade give Romney a 71% to 75% chance of winning in Illinois. This would probably be his first victory in the continental United States since Super Tuesday.
- Then the following Saturday is the Louisiana primary. InTrade gives Santorum a 72% to 85% chances of winning there.
Other Key Dates
PBS/NPR Debate, Monday, March 19 at 9pm ET, Portland, OR
- Republican National Convention, August 27-30, Tampa, FL
- Democratic National Convention, September 3-6, Charlotte, NC
- Presidential Debate, Wednesday, October 3, Univ. of Denver, Denver, CO
- Vice-Presidential Debate, Thursday, October 11 at Centre College, Danville, KY
- Presidential Debate, Tuesday, October 16, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
- Presidential Debate, Monday, October 22 at Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL
- General Election, Tuesday, November 3
Rick Perry: Blue
Not voted: Grey