rick santorum*The Louisiana GOP primary is over and Rick Santorum, the former Pennyslvania senator, has been declared the winner.

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With Mitt Romney leading the delegate count 563, to 263, going into Saturday’s race, Santorum picks up an additional 20 delegates at-large Louisiana delegates on a proportional basis. 1,144 needed to secure the nomination.

Up next in the Republican race to nominate a contender to go up against President Barack Obama, April 3, with primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Santorum’s previous victories include primaries in Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.

Read/learn more at LA Times.