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Republican candidates split primaries

world Updated: Mar 12, 2012 00:20 IST
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Mitt Romney Wyoming

Rick Santorum picked up Kansas and Mitt Romney Wyoming in Republican presidential caucuses over the weekend. The race remains unchanged, with Romney in the lead.

Santorum was expected to win Kansas, specially after Romney and Newt Gingrich gave it a miss to concentrate on the bigger battles on Tuesday Alabama and Mississippi. Wyoming on Saturday wrapped up its caucuses that began earlier in the week. Romney needs to do well on Tuesday to show he can win in the south, which forms the core of the Republican party. Gingrich needs wins there to stay in the race.

Gingrich is fighting a growing perception, bolstered by calls to quit from the Santorum campaign, that he will leaving the race soon, having won only two of the 26 states that have had primaries or caucuses so far.

But he said on Saturday he was going to Tampa- Republican convention. Ron Paul, who hasn't won any state yet, is also ruling out leaving the race.