Sacramento Bee: March 19, 2012

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Californian Fred Karger scored the best performance of his Republican presidential campaign Saturday, winning about 1,700 votes in Puerto Rico’s primary.

Karger’s share of the vote — about 1.4 percent — landed him in fifth place in the U.S. territory, which delivered a landslide win to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

But underdog Karger, the only openly gay candidate in the GOP race, saw much to celebrate in results. In addition to topping his previous finishes for percentage of votes won, he finished ahead of Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

“I had no idea the outpouring of support,” Karger said in an interview Monday, calling the results “incredibly gratifying.”

Karger attributed his performance in Puerto Rico to the time spent on the ground in the week ahead of Saturday’s votes, meeting with LGBT leaders, voters and members of the media, and and a Spanish-language commercial aired by his campaign. Puerto Rico’s open primary, which allowed Democrats and Independents to cast ballots in the Republican race, also gave the pro gay marriage, pro-choice candidate a boost.

“The hard work, the media, the contacts and time spent here paid off,” Karger, a political consultant who was a major player in the campaign against California’s Proposition 8, said.
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Yahoo News: March 19, 2012

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Ron Paul not only placed last in Sunday’s Puerto Rico primary, he lost to Fred Karger, the former actor and political consultant who has never before held elected office.

Karger, who brands himself as the first openly gay Republican presidential candidate and has failed to garner any significant support this season—let alone qualify for any presidential debates—led Paul 1,702 votes to 1,452 with 83 percent of precincts reporting Monday morning.
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