The final results from the Louisiana Primary are in. With 100% of the precincts reporting, we have:
Votes (%) Santorum 91,305 48.99% Romney 49,749 26.69% Gingrich 29,655 15.91% Paul 11,460 6.15% Other 4,208 2.26% Total 186,377 100.00%
Congratulations to Rick Santorum. He beat Mitt Romney by a little more than 22 ppts. That is quite an impressive margin of victory.
Santorum and Romney were the only two who broke the 25% barrier making them eligible for a share in the 20 delegates at stake today. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul did not. So they come away with nothing.
This is a serious blow to Gingrich. He was counting on wins in the South to propel his campaign, but this makes the fifth straight state in the South to go to his rival, Santorum. The earlier ones were Tennessee, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Mississippi. If the former speaker cannot win at least five states, his name cannot be presented at the convention to be nominated. He has only won two so far and is rapidly running out of states where he has a reasonable chance to win.
The turnout was rather anemic. I have read that there are over 750,000 registered Republicans in the State of Louisiana, and less than 200,000 showed up to vote. If that first number is correct, that means less than 25% of the state’s Republicans turned out to vote. Ouch! The news is not all bad. They did improve upon 2008′s turnout of only 156,101 votes.
But no matter how small a turnout, a win is a win. So congratulations, Senator Santorum.