TOPEKA - US Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum swept the Kansas caucuses on Saturday with 53 percent of the vote, giving him a boost going into crucial primary votes in the South next week.
With 83 percent of votes counted, the conservative former senator from Pennsylvania was well ahead of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with 17 percent, and former House of Representative Speaker Newt Gingrich with 15 percent, CNN said.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul had 13 percent.
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