Romney, Gingrich Pocket A Few TN Delegates

Rick Santorum isn’t the only candidate tallying fresh delegates from Tennessee after yesterday’s Republican primary. Rivals Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich also grabbed a handful of delegates around the state.

Of the 55 delegates in play, about half are apportioned to leading candidates based on statewide totals. The results aren’t official yet, but Santorum looks to have nabbed about a dozen, maybe leaving nine delegates for Romney and seven for Gingrich.

Then there are Congressional districts, where Santorum dominated. Each can award a delegate to the runner-up, and Romney garnered a few with second-place finishes in a number of districts. Gingrich looks to have picked up at least one that way as well, but those numbers aren’t official yet.

In all, Tennessee could be giving Santorum around thirty delegates, but in the race for the GOP nomination he’s still about 200 behind Romney.

Santorum hadn’t named anyone specific on the ballot who would go as a delegate for him to the Republican party’s nominating convention in Florida this August. State party officials say that won’t hurt his total though, because they’ll now choose his delegates with input from the Santorum campaign.

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