SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has carried a plurality of the delegates chosen at Missouri’s regional Republican conventions.

Republicans gathered Saturday in eight congressional district meetings to elect 24 of the state’s 52 presidential delegates to the Republican National Convention.

Results compiled by The Associated Press found Romney won about half the delegates at stake Saturday. But Rick Santorum and Ron Paul also picked up several delegates. And one delegate was pledged to Newt Gingrich.

Santorum carried every county in Missouri during a non-binding primary in February. But he recently suspended his presidential campaign, and some former Santorum backers switched their support to Romney on Saturday.

Most of the rest of Missouri’s delegates will be chose at the Republican state convention in June.

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