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Santorum wins Kootenai County caucus

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Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 1:00 am

It took until after midnight, but the wait was worth it for Rick Santorum supporters who waited through a marathon night of voting.

Following four rounds of voting, Santorum was the choice of Kootenai County Republicans in Idaho’s first presidential caucus.

The Pennsylvanian received 674 votes in the final round of voting, while Ron Paul received 496 votes countywide, Republican Party officials announced early Wednesday.

Mitt Romney, who earned the statewide caucus victory, was eliminated in the third round of voting, while Newt Gingrich was eliminated in the second round.

The four rounds of voting, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., did not end until after midnight, as those who waited more than five hours cast their final ballot at The Coeur d’Alene Resort and nine other caucus sites around the county.

About 200 people remained at The Resort to hear the final round results announced at 12:15 a.m. Paul was the choice at that location, with his supporters outlasting Santorum backers 142-140 in the fourth round of voting.

Kootenai County was the last of Idaho’s 44 counties to report results, according to Associated Press data.

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  • Joseph Jr posted at 9:23 am on Thu, Mar 8, 2012.

    Joseph Jr Posts: 512

    Block voting in Kootenai doesn't carry the punch it does in southern Idaho. Ever wondered how Harry continues to be elected in Nevada? D.I.R.E.C.T.I.O.N. to followers from the church. I can guarantee you you, Mitt wants and needs Harry to continue, regardless of party affiliation which is nothing more than a smoke screen. The goal is the same. Control... God help us.

  • BoxcarBill posted at 3:51 pm on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    BoxcarBill Posts: 1074

    In the county of Koot, traditional Idaho Mormon distribution is weak. Mitt's lack of performance here exhibits the Mormons aren't real Christians syndrome.
    But obviously, in some cases, Catholics are as Christian as we are!

  • BoxcarBill posted at 12:38 pm on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    BoxcarBill Posts: 1074

    The people who see the problems still have it too good to rise up and do something about them.
    Ten years of doing the Iraqi-raqi/Afghani-ani in Iran won't get change a thing other than more austerity measures for the common man.
    Will be interesting to see how bad it has to get before a fix is demanded.

  • Cody Wiench posted at 10:16 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    Cody Wiench Posts: 355

    Well, I gotta hand it to the people that stayed. The point is that the caucus system was bad for getting people out to participate. Why isn't the # ONE PRIORITY of the party to get as many Republicans to chose their nominee? Does anyone think the caucus system provides for that?

  • Mary Souza posted at 10:13 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    Mary Souza Posts: 814

    The caucus method did not work well last night. It served only people who could physically attend and were able to stay for at least 6 hours.

    The primary system, by contrast, takes people only minutes to cast their vote and allows everyone to participate through in-person or absentee voting.

  • Hardworker posted at 9:47 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    Hardworker Posts: 36

    Oh yes Cody.. My one round showed no dedication when I have 3 children under the age 7 at home, and we get up at 4 am every morning to work 9 hour days. Sorry I am not retired and can stay up until midnight like all the old people I saw sporting their Santorum signs and stickers. I got my vote for Ron as I knew he would not stand a chance against all the Mormon followers in south Idaho or all the people who thinks he seems to be the better at beating out Obama... which seems like a strange way to make your decision. However I wanted to be apart of the first time Idaho caucus and put my voice out there for someone I believe in. I think the fact that this is a long and LATE process for people who WORK was a major factor in why people did not attend, or left.

  • idahoguy posted at 8:09 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    One rep candidate runs closer to my posting. Ron Paul. I just think the country is not sick and tired of being sick and tired enough to let go of the status symbols they are comfortable in.

    This time I will vote for him even if he does not have a chance. By the time this country wakes up I fear riots and civil unrest will be the normal news headlines and we will be falling apart.

    Thus some of have taken steps to dodge said bullets...

  • Randywrightak posted at 7:46 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    Randywrightak Posts: 2

    Cody, don't be ripping on people for leaving after one round. The system is flawed. It never should have taken that long. I for one had to leave because my kids were at home with a babysitter. I know others that couldn't attend because they were working. The caucus system is ridiculous in general but Kootenai County's execution of the caucus was especially horrendous. People have lives and commitments to attend to, they couldn't be expected to hang out for 5 hours last night to vote.

  • CaiusCosades posted at 7:39 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    CaiusCosades Posts: 380

    Why can't ANY of the candidates give us what we really want?

    1. Get America out of foreign wars, foreign affairs. We are not the world police. If the middle east wants to wipe themselves off the face of the earth, it's not our problem.
    2. Cut the foreign oil umbilical cord once and for all. Find a way to have American vehicles run by resources within the USA such as electricity or possibly solar cells, all other uses of petroleum would be supplied by American oil.
    3. Reduce the government to a minimal size, this includes a federal government solely for the purpose of defense against attacks on our soil, other than that reduce government so citizens are reliant on local government that they have full control over.
    4. Stop the flood of money leaving the country, including foreign contractors, paying for tragic wars in Iraq/Afghanistan, essentially analyzing and reducing the outflow of money from the USA
    5. Encourage American citizens to produce and purchase goods made within the USA, discourage outsourcing to foreign countries through incentives to stay within the USA.
    6. Reduce the amount of active laws on the books and enforce the necessary ones.

  • JonnyQPubic posted at 7:34 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    JonnyQPubic Posts: 325

    @idahoguy: ALL the GOP runners are thumping their chests for going to war, not just Santoum. Didn't we, and the GOP, learn anything from the heII hole GW got us into in Iraq? These are all religious wars. I say let 'em all kill each other and let *their* god sort it out.

  • NoName posted at 6:29 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    NoName Posts: 253

    I'd like to vote for "Idahoguy." He nailed it.

  • The Other Decider posted at 6:22 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    The Other Decider Posts: 265

    Why can't the GOP run somebody that can beat Obama this fall. Losers. Going to be a boring general election. Yeah 4 more years.

  • idahoguy posted at 5:45 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    This guys foreign policy scares us to death. He is another over seas HAWK who sees this nations job is to police the world, create little americas and meddle in other nations sovereign space. None of which are in the US Constitution yet they like to claim the Constitution when it suits them.

    I will throw my vote to who ever puts America's interests and well being in front of all others. Like no foreign aid until our own house and home is in order here. Not in theory but in fact. No over seas building with tax money until all our buildings and school are top notch. No infrastructure building out side the US until ours is repaired and upgraded 100%. No military help until we are fully helping our military in and after service 100%.

    To me my family comes before others. A country that does not take of it's own first is worse than an infidel nation...

  • immortal posted at 3:51 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    immortal Posts: 258

    I have little use for Santorum either and I'm certainly not a republican but the opinions of those such as below are absolutely meaningless. This state is nothing less than a banana republic run by business interests. The motto of Idaho should not be Esto Perpetua - but Greed is Good.

  • Why Not posted at 3:32 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    Why Not Posts: 5326

    Speechless almost - I guess even if Santorum won the Presidency, which he won’t, it would be just another crooked politician in residence. Good job Republicans, thanks to you we’re a step closer to four more years.

  • Cody Wiench posted at 2:37 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    Cody Wiench Posts: 355

    Let me just first say that I hate Rick Santorum. I think he's vile, repulsive and I don't much care for people who like him either.


    L.O.L. In a county of 140k (Idaho's largest ouside the Boise metro), the winner gets ~600 votes?! Ha Ha Ha. Kootenai County Republicans, this makes you look pretty...bad. Like, really bad. I'm not a Republican, per se, but you have to admit this makes the entire county party seem really weak. Shouldn't turnout have been much better? The fact that people were willing to leave after one round shows how dedicated N. Idahoans are.

  • BoxcarBill posted at 2:18 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    BoxcarBill Posts: 1074

    Intolerant, religious fanaticism will be embraced by the holy even if delivered by a Catholic.
    I'm lovin the tune you're hummin baby...

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