Pix by Bill Smith
Kentucky (45 delegates - proportional primary): Mitt Romney 66.8%; Ron Paul 12.5%; Rick Santorum 8.9%; Newt Gingrich 5.9% and uncommitted 5.9%. Mitt Romney receives all 45 delegates.
Arkansas (36 delegates - proportional primary): Mitt Romney 68.3%; Ron Paul 13.5%; Rick Santorum 13.4%; Newt Gingrich 4.9%. Mitt Romney 33 delegates, 3 unassigned.
Observation: in an Arkansas "bell weather" very conservative county of Baxter County in the heart of the Ozark Mountains Mitt Romney won with 73% of the vote for the Republicans and Barack Obama won 72% of the democrat votes cast. However, Romney received 2338 votes out of 3201 Republican votes for president and Barack Obama only received 481 votes out of 670 democrat votes cast. In 2008, Obama received 40% of the Arkansas vote losing by 20 points. If Baxter County is an indicator, in 2012 Barack Obama may lose by 40 points with democrats voting for Mitt Romney or not voting a all in the presidential race. This is clearly the reasons that the Obama campaign is skipping Arkansas and Mitt Romney will not need to invest lots of money to win Arkansas.
Romney now has 1,043 convention delegates. It takes 1,144 delegates to win the GOP nomination.
The next Big Dog primary will be on May 29 in Texas (155 delegates). Then on June 5th, New Jersey (50 delegates), New Mexico (23), South Dakota (28), Montana (25), and the last Big Dog California with 172 delegates. Nevada has the clean up spot with the final GOP primary June 26th with 28 delegates.
Tags: election 2012, Republican, primary, primaries, May 22, Arkansas, Kentucky