Election results – Tempe and Presidential primaries
Tonight’s big shocker: Romney appears to be on track to come in a lowly third place in both Alabama and Mississippi.
Also awaiting results on local elections.
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7:49 p.m. Alabama called for Santorum (35%). Newt in second with 30%, Mitt lagging behind at 28.
7:55 p.m. With 96% reporting, Santorum is also slightly ahead of Newt (33-31) in Mississippi and the projected winner. If this result holds, Newt’s campaign as a candidate who claimed to have a regional appeal is effectively over.
7:57 p.m. The AP just called Mississippi for Rick Santorum. Seems like it may be “Game Over” for Newt.
8:12 p.m. Checking the exit polls.
- These are some of Ron Paul’s worst performances to date – 4.4% in Mississippi and 5% in Alabama. The r3v0lut10n no longer appears to be imminent. Indeed, 74% of GOP voters said they would actually be dissatisfied if Paul won the nomination.
- If there’s a “War on Women”, it’s not showing up in the exit polls, which show that more women than men voted in the Mississippi primary.
- Young voters (18-29) in Mississippi overwhelmingly went for Rick Santorum, giving him 45% of their share of the vote.
- Romney again won voters with incomes over $100,000.
- Newt Gingrich won voters that “strongly support” the Tea Party in Mississippi.
- A staggering 80% of Mississippi GOP primary voters describe themselves as born-again Christians, which helped put Rick Santorum over the top.
- Gingrich won voters who said government spending and candidate experience were their top priorities.
- Mitt Romney was overwhelmingly seen as the most electable candidate.
- A near-unanimous 86% of primary voters described themselves as dissatisfied or angry with how government runs.
- Santorum won voters that decided who to support within the last few weeks as opposed to earlier during primary season.
- The only age category Mitt Romney won in Alabama was voters over 65.
8:34 p.m. Turning now to local election coverage. The Tempe mayoral election is where the action is right now. With 80% reporting, Republican Michael Monti currently has a 16 vote lead over councilman Mark Mitchell. WFP previously covered lax ID requirements in early voting at ASU, and in a race this close it matters. This election is only the primary, as there is a third candidate pulling 21% of the vote. The general election runoff between Monti and Mitchell will be May 15.
8:38 p.m. The Tempe city council candidates mostly have around 17%, other than a solid lead for Corey Woods. Following him: Joel Navarro, Dick Foreman, Kolby Granville, and Angie Taylor Thornton.
8:54 p.m. Delegate math for the Presidential primary while awaiting further local results. Alabama has 50 delegates, all of which are tied to the primary election results but 3 unpledged RNC delegates. No word on what the exact breakdown there will be. Mississippi has a similar system – 37 awarded delegates, 3 unpledged. Right now CNN shows Santorum receiving no clear advantage from his win: he gets 13 delegates, while the losers, Newt and Romney, still get 12 each. Ron Paul of course gets zero.
9:13 p.m. Tempe mayoral primary went to GOP candidate Michael Monti by a 3-vote margin.
I think I’m going to just end this here by saying: EVERY. VOTE. COUNTS. Even the ones that shouldn’t.