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Grand County Republicans favor Santorum by wide margin

Tonya Bina
tbina@skyhidailynews.com
Grand County, CO Colorado

Grand County Republicans who attended the caucuses on Tuesday evening overwhelming chose presidential candidate Rick Santorum in a straw poll.

In line with reports of Colorado’s statewide average, Santorum won the Grand County straw poll by garnering 146 votes, or about 41 percent of the total.

Caucuses drew 353 Republicans throughout Grand County, considered the most attendance in caucus proceedings in memory, according to Grand County Republican Party Chair Harry Kottcamp.

“I don’t think there was anything close to that in the past,” Kottcamp said. “I’m just thrilled that the interest is there. It bodes well for us in proceeding toward the general election.”

Candidate Mitt Romney came in second in Grand County with 91 votes, Newt Gingrich in third with 62 votes, Ron Paul in fourth with 53 votes and Huntsman, who is no longer officially in the race, in fifth with one vote.

Republican caucus turnout was most robust in the Granby area, where 41 percent of voters chose Santorum, at a margin 16 points ahead of Romney’s 24.6 percent. By Granby voter standards, Gingrich was right on Romney’s heels with almost 22 percent of the vote.

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The Kremmling area had the next largest caucus turnout. In its straw poll, 55 percent of voters chose Santorum.

In the Winter Park area, Romney was the choice among voters, followed by a tie among Gingrich, Santorum and Paul, with four votes apiece. There, only 21 people attended the caucus, the lowest turnout of all precincts.

“The low turnout there shows that we haven’t been doing a good enough job motivating the Republicans in that area,” Kottcamp said.

In the Grand Lake area, Santorum squeaked ahead of Gingrich by three votes, followed by Romney, with Paul trailing.

– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603

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