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Mar 23, 2012 6:27 AM by AP

Louisiana matters more this time as primary nears

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Twenty delegates are up for grabs in Saturday's Republican presidential preference primary, but state party chairman Roger Villere says something else is also at stake: "Perception of momentum."

With Mitt Romney not yet able to lay claim to the GOP nomination, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum were making strong pitches to the conservative base among Louisiana Republicans.

It's attention to Louisiana that Villere relishes, as he acknowledges the state primary hasn't mattered much in recent election cycles.

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