More than 100 people attended last Tuesday’s countywide Republican caucus held at the former high school building in Delavan.
There were 109 straw votes cast at the caucus and Santorum received 62 of them, for 56 percent.
In second place in the county was Ron Paul with 24 votes (22 percent), third was Newt Gingrich with 13 votes (12 percent) and last was Mitt Romney with 10 nine percent).
State-wide Santorum won with 44.9 percent of the vote, while Paul garnered 27 percent, Romney 16.9 percent and Gingrich 10.8 percent.
Before the straw vote was taken, Faribault County Republicans listened as letters were read from each of the presidential candidates. Several persons present also spoke in favor of two of the candidates.
The county Republicans heard from state Sen. Julie Rosen and state Rep. Tony Cornish as part of the caucus.
Then the large group broke into smaller groups by voting precincts. It was at these smaller caucuses that the straw votes were taken, issues debated, and delegates elected to the Republican County Convention to be held in Wells on March 3 at 9 a.m.
“We were very pleased to have such a big turnout,” says David Murray who was elected caucus chairman. “This is grassroots politics the way it should be. It is great this many people are showing an interest and taking time to come out to the caucus.”
Murray and Bonnie Resius of Bricelyn are co-chairs of the Faribault County Republican Party.
Murray says each voting precinct selected delegates to the county convention.
“The number of delegates varies by precinct,” Murray says. “It is based on one delegate per 30 Republican votes cast in the last general election.”
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State Sen. Julie Rosen addresses the Republican caucus in Delavan.