Mitt Romney wins Washington state GOP caucus
|Results for Washington Republican Caucus (U.S. Presidential Primary)|
|Mar 03, 2012 (100% of precincts reporting)|
The Republican Party of Washington state held a presidential preference caucus on Saturday which ended with Mitt Romney being declared the victor. Ron Paul was able to lock in the 2nd place finish pushing Rick Santorum to third and Newt Gingrich to fourth place.
Report from USAToday:
WASHINGTON (AP) – Mitt Romney has won the Washington state Republican caucuses.
The former Massachusetts governor easily defeated former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum and Congressman Ron Paul, who were battling for second place. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich trailed further behind. Forty delegates are at stake in the state.
Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, had 173 delegates at the beginning of the day, according to an Associated Press count that includes party officials who will vote on the selection of a nominee but are not selected at primaries or caucuses. Santorum had 87, Gingrich 33 and Paul 20. It takes 1,144 delegates to win the nomination at the Republican National Convention this summer in Tampa.
This is a non-binding contest meaning Washington’s delegates won’t be formally chosen until later in the spring, however, this is the first step in divvying them up. Full results to follow on Sunday.