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Romney wins the north country


Mitt Romney won more than half of those that turned out to vote in Tuesday's GOP primary.
And how many Republicans turned out to vote? Fewer than one in ten.
That Mr. Romney won comes as very little surprise. But the winner of second place helped reflect what kind of conservatives populate the north country — U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, a libertarian icon, won the silver medal here.
“I’m not surprised Ron Paul’s strong showing,” said Nancy Martin, the St. Lawrence County GOP chairwoman. “Throughout the winter I received a number of calls from people supporting him.”
Mr. Romney's north country totals lagged behind his statewide performance. As of this writing, Mr. Romney had taken in about 60 percent of the vote statewide, according to the Associated Press. It was just over 50 percent in the north country.
Those figures shouldn't come as a big surprise to anyone who has followed this primary election closely; Mr. Romney has not fared particularly strongly in rural areas.
In Lewis County, 222 voters picked Mr. Romney. Mr. Paul earned 72 votes, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took in 62, and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who has dropped out of the race, received 53. The results are unofficial, and about 100 absentee ballots have yet to be counted.
There are 8,974 Republicans in Lewis County, meaning that turnout for the race in Lewis County was about 6 percent.
In Jefferson County, 637 voters picked Mr. Romney. Mr. Paul came in second place with 200 votes, Mr. Santorum in second with 182 votes, and Mr. Gingrich in last with 166 votes. The Jefferson County Board of Elections received 347 absentee ballots as of Tuesday night. Like in Lewis County, turnout was at about 6 percent in Jefferson County.
St. Lawrence County has not yet reported its full slate of numbers, but Mr. Romney was also over 50 percent there, with Mr. Paul, again, taking second.
Benny Fairchild contributed to this report.

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