Rogers Republicans go for Santorum in preference poll

by Dawn Feddersen-Poindexter
ECM-Sun Newspapers

Rogers Republicans agreed with the rest of the state at their caucus on Tuesday night.

Twenty-six percent voted for Rick Santorum in Precinct 1 and a whopping 41 percent of Precinct 2 gave him their vote.

Rogers resident, Jane Frazier, got an opportunity to meet the former senator at a Tuesday rally in Blaine.

“He was so genuine, so authentic,” she said, proudly showing off a picture of herself, her daughter and Santorum, snapped on her cell phone just hours before. “Sometimes people put on airs but there wasn’t any of that with him. You can tell he’s very full of integrity.”

Before voting began at the caucus, Frazier and many of the 150 people gathered stood up before the crowd and shared some words about their favorite candidate.

Josh Runia, 20, is eagerly looking forward to voting in his first presidential election and he hopes to see Ron Paul’s name on the ballot when he does.

“I feel like he really stands for Republican ideals,” Runia explained.

Runia says he took his time and educated himself on the candidates before coming to the conclusion to vote for Paul.

He watched debates and did research on all of the candidates. He says his decision wasn’t swayed by his parents. On the contrary, he’s influencing their ideas about the candidates.

“My parents aren’t very political,” he said. “Me and my brother, we’re educating them.”

Clint Foster believes that one of his duties as a new father is to become more involved in shaping the direction the country is headed. He is a supporter of Newt Gingrich, he says, because of his ability to get things done.

Foster told the crowd, “He worked with those Democrats when we didn’t have a Republican president. He worked with them and got Republican measures passed. That, to me, is amazing.”

Foster also decided to become a Republican Party delegate for the first time.

“I have a small child and that makes me think a lot about the future. Four more years of this scares me. So I knew I needed to get more involved,” he said.

Rep. Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, reminded people to vote Republican whether their favorite advanced.

“Our Republican ideals are going to turn this country around,” she said. “Regardless of who you vote for tonight, I ask that you will get behind our Republican candidate 100 percent.

Results were as follows:

Rogers Precinct 1:
Rick Santorum 26 percent
Ron Paul 15 percent
Newt Gingrich 6 percent
Mitt Romney 2 percent

Precinct 2
Rick Santorum 41 percent
Ron Paul 18 percent
Newt Gingrich 11 percent
Mitt Romney 11 percent

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