UPDATE: Santorum sweeps with 49%. Romney 27%, Gingrich 16%, Paul 6%
With 46 delegates up for grabs in Louisiana — 20 of which will be awarded proportionally based on the results of today’s primary, this result will likely impact Newt Gingrich more than the three other competitors for the Republican nomination. The state’s GOP party rules require that a candidates capture at least 25 percent of the popular vote to qualify for at-large delegates. The remaining delegates will be allotted by means of a caucus and state convention next month.
Newt Gingrich has spent a week in the state, well aware that his political fortunes hang in the balance. Talk has grown stronger for him to drop out of the presidential race as his delegate numbers continue to flag.
Louisiana has a significant Catholic population, which doesn’t bode well for LDS Romney. Gingrich is a Catholic convert, but chances are that the momentum will be with Santorum, especially since he advocated voting for Obama if he doesn’t get the GOP nomination.
Interest among Louisiana voters is said to be high.