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Published March 07, 2012, 12:21 AM

Santorum's ND Win a Big Loss for Ron Paul

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republicans welcomed Ron Paul on Super Tuesday but have embraced Rick Santorum with 40 percent of the caucuses vote.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republicans welcomed Ron Paul on Super Tuesday but have embraced Rick Santorum with 40 percent of the caucuses vote.

Paul supporters are disappointed that the Texas congressman failed to tally his first win in the fiscally tight-fisted state. He finished second with 28 percent.

Twenty-three-year-old Kyle Kearns, who volunteered in Fargo and even bought a tie for the occasion, says he'd "had more faith" in the state's voters.

Santorum's victory even surprises some GOP officials, several of whom had predicted Paul would easily win the state.

Paul had campaigned in North Dakota harder than his rivals and had appeared in Fargo on election day.

Seventeen-year-old high school student Nick Saumelson says he's "not happy" about Paul's loss. The first-time caucus-goer says, "It's just hard to believe."


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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