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The congressman from Texas may have a shot at declaring his first victory of the Republican primary season on Saturday when Washington Republicans gather for caucuses at libraries, community centers, Grange halls and restaurants statewide. He came in a strong third in the state’s caucuses in 2008, and has energized new followers in the four years since.
Washington state began its Republican presidential caucuses Saturday with 40 delegates up for grabs, and with the state's GOP chairman predicting a win for either Mitt Romney or Ron Paul. In addition to the 40 delegates, much more -- a quick shot of momentum going into Super Tuesday -- also is at stake.
Washington's caucuses come just three days before Super Tuesday, when 10 states hold primaries and caucuses. And because of that, all four major GOP presidential candidates have campaigned in the state, hoping that a strong finish there can carry over to Tuesday.
Originally posted by UFO1414
Come on Washington State! You can do it!
When: Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m.
Who: Any Washington state registered voter
Where: Find your caucus location online at:
What’s at stake: No delegates to the Republican National Convention will be selected on March 3. It’s purely a non-binding straw poll. Still, the winning candidate gets bragging rights heading into Super Tuesday on March 6, when 10 states hold primaries or caucuses.
Early returns out of the Washington caucuses show Mitt Romney battling Ron Paul and Rick Santorum for the lead, as the Republican presidential candidates compete for the final prize before Super Tuesday. With just 8 percent of precincts reporting in Washington, Romney is ahead with 31 percent. Paul is close behind at 27 percent, followed by Santorum at 24 percent. Newt Gingrich is trailing with 14 percent.
Paul, who has not yet won a Republican primary contest, is the only candidate who plans to actually be in Washington state for a post-caucus rally.