UPDATE: 5:06PM (PST) 3-18-12
At 7:35 p.m. ET, with about 20% of total ballots accounted for, the former Massachusetts governor had a substantial lead with more than 22,000 votes -- or 83% of the vote., reported by cnn. With a percentage over 50% he will take all 23 delegates to the convention.
was a distant second, at 8% with slightly more than 2,000 votes.
With a whooping 23 delegates at stake in Puerto Rico’s Republican Primary today, Santorum must be sitting on the edge of his chair awaiting the primary results. Particularly after his blast last week telling Puerto Ricans if they want to become a state they need to make English their primary language. No matter where Santorum goes, he manages to alienate someone whether it’s women, native speakers, or gay people.
On Friday, the blog Joe My God featured a photo of a shirtless Rick Santorum lounging on a pool chair in Puerto Rico. The author claims it was snapped by passengers on an all-gay cruise.
As of 6:20 pm EST, Romney was leading with 81% (8,208), Santorum with 9% (1,119) with only 10% of the voting reported.
Maybe instead of lounging by the pool, Santorum should have been going door to door and schmoozing with his fellow Republicans because his numbers are not looking good. As a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico has no electoral votes in the general election in November. However, it does send 23 delegates to the Republican National Convention in August.
One of the biggest issues facing Puerto Rico in the coming year is a nonbinding referendum on Nov. 6 regarding the possibility of the territory becoming either independent or the 51st state. Romney has said he supports Puerto Rico becoming a state, which garnered him the support of the governor and many Puerto Ricans, including Democrats and Independents. Because the Puerto Rican primary is an open primary, anyone can vote which could mean cross over votes for Romney from Democrats and Independents giving him even further advantage over the other candidates.
If Romney wins 50 percent of the vote, he takes all the delegates. If not, the delegates are divided up proportionally.
Updates to follow on primary results.