Santorum carries Choctaw County in Primary

Santorum carries Choctaw County in Primary By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw

Rick Santorum, Republican president candidate, carried Choctaw County in the March 13 Primary election.
He received 37 percent of the votes while Newt Gingrich received 32 percent, Mitt Romney received 26 percent and other candidates totaling 5 percent of the vote.
Statewide, Santorum received 33 percent of the vote with Gingrich’s 31 percent and Romney’s 31 percent of the vote.
In the delegate count, Santorum will receive 13 delegates with Gingrich and Romney each nabbing 12 delegates in Mississippi’s delegate count.

It takes 1,144 delegates to win the GOP presidential nomination, and Romney remains well in the lead with 495 delegates, followed by Santorum with 252, Gingrich with 131 and Ron Paul with 48. Remaining in play are 1,358 delegates.

The process could be played out all the way to the Republican National Convention on Aug. 27 in Tampa Bay, Fla.
The winner of the Republican Presidential race will face President Barack Obama in the November 6 election.
Also on the Primary ballot was 1st Congressional seat that Alan Nunnelee currently holds. In Choctaw County, he received 61 percent of the vote against fellow Republican candidates Henry Ross and Robert Estes.  Statewide, Nunnelee received 57 percent of the vote. Nunnelee will face Brad Morris (D) in the General Election in November.
Roger Wicker (R) incumbent won 91 percent of the Choctaw County vote for the U.S. Senate seat. On the Democrat side, Albert Gore, Jr. won 62 percent of the vote.
Statewide, Wicker won 89 percent of the Republican vote while Gore won 57 percent of the Democratic vote.
Wicker (R) will face Gore (D) in the General Election in November.
Also on November’s Senate general election ballot are Thomas Cramer of the Constitution Party and Shawn O’Hara of the Reform Party.