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  • Camden County Republicans choose Santorum

  • Despite a large turnout, the Camden County Republican caucus was quiet compared to others across the state.


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  • Despite a large turnout, the Camden County Republican caucus was quiet compared to others across the state.
    The caucus, held March 17, drew a contingent of 166 Republicans to select local delegates for the congressional caucus in April and the state convention later this summer. The caucus is the first step of the process heading to the national Republican Convention.
    Although some Republican caucuses made headlines, Camden County's went smoothly.
    The Republicans converged at the Camden County Courthouse and chose the 21 delegates and by a majority stood behind Rick Santorum as their candidate for the 2012 presidential campaign.
    Caucus chairman Brent Salsman said overall the it was an exciting day for the Republicans who took part in the process.
    "It went very smoothly," he said. And while there were a number of those who attended supporting other candidates, Salsman said everyone was very cordial.
    The delegates chosen will now go on to the congressional caucuses next month. Camden County delegates will split according to the congressional districts. Those caucuses will be held in Sedalia and Herman.
    The support for Santorum may have been fueled by the candidate's appearance in Osage Beach the day before the caucuses were held.
    Santorum's Rally for Rick made a campaign stop at Main Street Music Hall, speaking to a crowd of about 600 who showed up for the event.
    In Miller County, 40-some Republicans took part in the caucus in that county. There were 12 delegates chosen.
    The caucus did not declare a candidate of choice.

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