Santorum, Romney Gain Eight Delegates Each In Preference Poll

Final results are in from the Alaska GOP’s presidential preference poll: Mitt Romney remains the winner, narrowly defeating Rick Santorum, and Santorum picked up enough votes to earn another delegate.

Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich says the results released following the March 6 contest did not include about 900 out-of-district ballots that were cast. Those were just counted.

The results show Romney with 4,554 votes; Santorum with 4,254; Ron Paul with 3,410 and Newt Gingrich with 1,878.

Twenty-four delegates were up for grabs, allocated in proportion to the candidate’s share of the vote.

Santorum gained a delegate, ending with eight, the same as Romney. Paul’s delegate count remained at six; Gingrich lost a delegate and ended with two.

Additionally, three state party leaders will go to the national convention as unpledged.

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