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Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 11:51 pm | Updated: 1:42 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum each won eight delegates in Alaska’s Republican presidential preference poll, the Alaska Republican Party announced on Tuesday.

The party released the final canvassed results of its voting, showing the tie in delegates even though Romney won the vote count over Santorum.

Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, won the poll with 4,554 votes.

Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, received 4,254 votes.

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas received 3,410 votes and six delegates. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich received 1,878 votes and two delegates.

Delegates are bound to their candidates by party rule for the first two rounds of balloting at the Republican National Convention, to be held Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.

Alaska has three other delegates — state party leaders who will attend the national convention as unpledged, bringing the state’s overall delegate total to 27.

The 14,135 ballots cast in the poll by Republicans exceeded the 13,702 cast in 2008.

“As chair of the ARP, I wish to thank the Alaska Republicans who voted,” chairman Randy Ruedrich said in an email that distributed the results. “I especially want to thank the Alaska Republican Party volunteers that made the process work throughout Alaska.”

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