Will the Republican National Convention in August be a brokered one? With each passing primary and caucus, it sure is looking like it’s going to be one.
As former Senator Rick Santorum and former Governor Mitt Romney keep winning states, Texas Congressman Ron Paul accumulating delegates and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich vowing to stay in the race, this is one of the most contentious GOP primaries in a long time.
On Saturday, Santorum won the state of Louisiana decisively. With nearly half of the precincts reporting, the former Pennsylvania Senator will win by a double-digit margin over Romney. Gingrich will place third and Paul, despite holding massive town hall meetings in The Pelican State, will be last.
Only 20 of the state’s 46 delegates were at stake Saturday and will be awarded proportionally. The state will also hold a finalizing caucus on Apr. 28.
Santorum "will get at least eight of the 20 delegates up for grabs."
Below are the results for the four remaining Republican candidates thus far (30 percent reporting):
Newt Gingrich: 17 percent | 7,776 votes
Ron Paul: six percent | 2,633 votes
Mitt Romney: 27 percent | 12,270 votes
Rick Santorum: 47 percent | 21,022 votes
So far in this primary season, Romney has carried 16 states and Santorum has won nine. Meanwhile, Gingrich has scored two major victories and Paul nearly won the state of Maine and also won the popular vote in the United States Virgin Islands.
The four presidential contenders will battle it out on Apr. 3 when the District of Columbia, Maryland and Wisconsin will each hold their primaries. A total of 98 delegates will be at stake in next month’s three contests.
The Republicans are halfway through the delegate count. A candidate needs to win 1,144 delegates to clinch the nomination.