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Santorum delegate plan hits wall in North Dakota

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum's plan to use state conventions pull support from Mitt Romney has stalled in North Dakota, where Romney has the largest group of backers among the state's national convention delegates.

Santorum won North Dakota's Republican presidential caucuses on March 6. But at last weekend's state party convention, Romney ended up with the most supporters among the state's 28 delegates to the Republican National Convention in August.

Almost all the national delegates interviewed by The Associated Press said they plan to abide by the results of the March 6 caucuses, meaning Santorum would get to keep his delegates. But Santorum's weak showing at the state convention is a blow to his strategy to eat away at Romney's formidable lead in the race for delegates.

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