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More Delegates on the Cheap!

12:54 PM, Mar 14, 2012 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
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Earlier in the week we noted that Mitt Romney won 9 delegates from Guam, where only 215 people voted. That's impressive efficiency. But it's nothing compared with the work Romney's campaign did in American Samoa last night. Romney won 9 delegates from American Samoa, too. Want to guess how many voters caucused there? Go ahead. I'll wait.

Mitt Romney

Okay, here's the answer . . . 

70. 

That's not a typo. Seventy voters got to decide 9 delegates.

All this means that the Romney campaign has now earned 34 delegates from non-state territories: Which is almost as many delegates as Ron Paul has, total, about half his total delegate haul for Southern states (not counting Florida) where he faced competition from Gingrich and Santorum, and enough to be the difference should Nate Silver's "Baseline Santorum" model play out.

Jonathan V. Last is a senior writer at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

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