Santorum Wins Kansas Caucuses, Romney Picks Up Island Territories

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UPDATE 2:00 p.m.
The Associated Press and network projections pointed Rick Santorum toward a win in Saturday's Kansas Republican caucuses. Forty total delegates were at stake.

Santorum won three contests earlier this week on Super Tuesday, though he lost Idaho and the most fiercely contested battle to date, in Ohio.

Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney now look toward contests this coming Tuesday in Alabama, Hawaii and Mississippi.

Romney did get a bit of good news Saturday by winning delegates in island territories. Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands both went for Romney, where a combined 18 delegates were at stake.

ORIGINAL POST 10:30 a.m.

Rick Santorum is hoping to gain a bit more steam in his presidential campaign as he focuses on the red state of Kansas, which holds its GOP caucuses today. His closest challenger for Kansas' conservative strongholds, Newt Gingrich, backed out of about a half-dozen events on Friday to spend time in Alabama and Mississippi, which will vote on Tuesday.

Gingrich has won only two states, both in the South: Georgia and South Carolina. Santorum picked up three states this past week but both men ceded the majority of the Super Tuesday wins, including the Idaho caucuses, to Mitt Romney.

At stake today are Kansas' 40 delegates. Similar to Idaho, only registered Republicans can vote. Caucuses are expected to get under way at 10 a.m. Central Standard Time. State officials hoe to report all results by 6 p.m.

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