According to the results from the Green Papers, former Louisiana governor and current Americans Elect (AE) presidential candidate Buddy Roemer, who previously ran as a Republican, came in third place yesterday at the Puerto Rico Republican presidential primary. He received more votes than both former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Congressman Ron Paul.
Roemer won 2,622 votes (2.21%) behind first place Mitt Romney, who had 98,375 (82.88%), and second place Rick Santorum, who received 9,524 (8.02%). Gingrich finished fourth with 2,431 votes (2.05%), while Paul came in last place with 1,452 (1.22%). Paul actually received less votes than gay rights advocate Fred Karger, who won 1,702 (1.43%). There were 2,590 write-in votes.
Roemer ended his Republican Party presidential campaign last month after announcing he would seek the Reform Party nomination. He has run for the AE nomination since December, and leads all announced candidates on the organization’s website with 1,745 supporters.
Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, who announced he would seek the nomination last week is second with 517.