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County Republicans have faith in Santorum
Feb 08, 2012 | 1011 views | 2 2 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
State Sen. Julianne Ortman got the loudest applause of the night when she said "We are going to put voter ID on the ballot."
State Sen. Julianne Ortman got the loudest applause of the night when she said "We are going to put voter ID on the ballot."
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Carver County Republicans are on the Rick Santorum bandwagon.

By a significant margin Tuesday night, they backed the former Pennsylvania senator in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Santorum received close to 50 percent of all votes cast in Senate District 34 straw polls. The Senate district includes all of Carver County and three townships in Scott County.

Santorum received 589 votes compared to Ron Paul (272 votes), Mitt Romney (216 votes) and Newt Gingrich (122 votes). Statewide Santorum cruised to victory, bucking a lengthy winning streak in caucuses and primaries by Romney.

“It’s definitely a Santorum night,” said Vince Beaudette, of Victoria, as he tabulated votes.

Republicans crowded into Chanhassen High School and heard from state Sen. Julianne Ortman, of Chanhassen, and state Rep. Joe Hoppe, of Chaska, before breaking out into precincts to conduct party business. Also in attendance were Carver County commissioners Tom Workman and Gayle Degler, both of Chanhassen, and the entire Chanhassen City Council.

One theme seemed universal.

“Please wholeheartedly support whoever comes out of this process,” said Hoppe.

Ortman agreed that it’s an important year for Republicans and said it’s critical for Republicans to stay engaged to unseat President Barack Obama as well as to maintain majorities in the state House and Senate.

Ortman received the loudest ovation of the night when she told caucus-goers that “We’re going to put voter ID on the ballot this year.”

Prior to Tuesday’s caucuses, Santorum sought support in Minnesota and made campaign stops in Waconia and in Eden Prairie, where he answered a Q & A at Grace Church.
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anonymous
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February 09, 2012
They should also give drug test to anyone getting any government assistance of any kind. It standard practice when you apply for a job.
Mark_Olson
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February 08, 2012
According to the state GOP, with 98 percent of precincts reporting, Rick Santorum has 45 percent of the vote, Ron Paul has 27 percent, Mitt Romney has 17 percent, and Newt Gingrich has 11 percent.
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