Jan 30, 2012 11:21 PM by Maddie Garrett

Louisiana's Primary Could Make a Difference This Year

Historically, a presidential nominee has already emerged by the time Louisiana holds a primary election. But this year could be different, and Louisiana's primary could actually matter this time around.

As the Republican National Convention nears,with no one candidate as a clear nominee, it's more apparent that every vote in the primaries count. That includes the state 30th in line to hold a primary: Louisiana.

"There have been so many people that have been liked in Louisiana, they've fallen by the wayside, who knows when we finally get here on March 24th who's still going to be around," said KATC Political Analyst Dr. Pearson Cross.

Cross said currently, Newt Gingrich is ahead of Mitt Romney in Louisiana's early polls. But Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and even Louisiana's former Governor Buddy Roemer could rise up here in March.

"If Buddy Roemer's here I could see how he could seriously be a protest vote. You know I think if, for example, you know Gingrich has fallen by the wayside and it's Romney and kind of nobody else, I would imagine that a fair number of people would vote for Roemer or vote for Ron Paul just to say 'none of the above, thank you very much,'" explained Cross.

KATC caught up with Roemer, still on the campaign trail in Florida Monday afternoon. While he said he would probably do well in his home state, he's still deciding on his next move.

"I think this is an important primary, and I'm trying to figure out what's the best way to put Louisiana in good condition to make a difference at the convention," said Roemer.

Roemer has qualified for Louisiana's primary on March 24th and is currently on the ballot.



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