Factors that Helped Shape Rick Santorum’s Kansas Caucus Win

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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won the Kansas caucus on Saturday, netting more than half the votes. According to the New York Times results, Santorum got 51.2 percent support. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney received 20.9 percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had 14.4 percent and Texas Rep. Ron Paul had 12.6 percent.

* Santorum received 33 of the 40 delegates, while Romney got the other seven, according to KDAF-TV.

* According to the Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group, super PAC spending in the state in the last two weeks was $346,650.31, all from the pro-Gingrich super PAC Winning Our Future (as of the early morning of March 11).

* Santorum won every county but one.

* The Kansas City Star reported 30,832 people participated. As of 2010, 763,640 registered voters in Kansas were Republican.

* Politico reported Santorum held rallies in Topeka, Wichita and Lenexa before the caucus, while Romney didn't show up to stump for votes. Gingrich canceled his plans to visit Kansas to focus on his Southern strategy.

* The Washington Post reported Paul "drew huge crowds of enthusiastic young people" when he campaigned in the state.

* The Associated Press reported former Kansas Rep. Todd Tiahrt endorsed Santorum on Thursday. Six state legislators also endorsed the former Pennsylvania senator as well as those affiliated with Kansans for Life, an organization that's pro-life. Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole endorsed Romney.

* Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wouldn't endorse any of the remaining major GOP presidential candidates despite appearing with Santorum and Paul, as reported by CBS News. Brownback originally endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is no longer actively running.

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