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Rick Santorum, along with winning the overall Minnesota state primary, also won nearly two-thirds of the straw poll votes in the Wadena County Republican caucuses.

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In Wadena County, 192 people participated in the presidential straw poll. Santorum received 124 votes, taking first in Wadena County by a landslide. The former Pennsylvania senator was overwhelmingly favored in all four caucus sites and the preferred candidate in nearly every voting precinct.

Santorum had 65 percent of Wadena County votes, compared with 45 percent statewide, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State website.

Newt Gingrich got more support in Wadena County than he did in the rest of Minnesota: even his distant second of 35 total votes, or 18 percent, was greater than his statewide last place finish of about 11 percent.

Ron Paul was third in Wadena County with 23 votes, or 12 percent, while he was second in Minnesota overall with 27 percent.

Last in the county was Mitt Romney with nine votes, about 5 percent, less than his Minnesota third place finish of about 17 percent.

The Wadena County caucus polls also had one write-in vote.

Brian Hillesland, chairman of the Wadena County Republican Party, said 2012 had a stronger turnout than 2008 and about twice the turnout of 2010, which was a non-presidential year.

Hillesland said he was hoping for about 50 people to show up at the Wadena caucus site - which included three Wadena city precincts and two townships - but 75 people attended and exceeded his expectations.

"Everybody was pretty pleased with the turnout at all four locations," he said.

Hillesland said there were also several resolutions to modify the Republican platform passed at the precinct level to move on up to the county level.

The caucus votes are non-binding. Delegates chosen at the precinct caucus go on to the county convention, and the next steps are the district and the state conventions.

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