(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — Sunday’s primary in Puerto Rico was bad for any GOP candidate not named Mitt Romney. However, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul had particularly dismal performances on the island.
The votes are still being counted, but with 83 percent of the vote in, Buddy Roemer, the former governor of Louisiana who officially withdrew his bid for the GOP nomination in February, outperformed Gingrich and Paul. Roemer, who is now seeking the Reform Party’s nomination for president in 2012, is about 200 votes ahead of Gingrich, and more than 1,000 votes ahead of Paul.
Paul is currently in last place, behind Roemer, Gingrich, and Fred Karger — a gay rights activist and a veteran of several GOP presidential campaigns, including ones that elected Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Romney currently has 85 percent of the vote in Puerto Rico, with Rick Santorum at a distant second place with 8 percent. Gingrich and Paul have claimed 2 and 1 percent of the vote, respectively, so far.
Neither Gingrich nor Paul campaigned in Puerto Rico ahead of the primary.
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