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article imageGOP Washington Caucus Results: Mitt Romney wins another state

By Andrew Moran     Mar 3, 2012 in Politics
Seattle - It has been announced that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has won the state of Washington. Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former Senator Rick Santorum battled it out for a strong second place.
Two days before the crucial 10-state Super Tuesday Republican primaries and caucuses, Washington State’s caucuses were held. With nearly 100 percent reporting, it has been confirmed that former Governor Mitt Romney will be the projected winner of Saturday’s GOP contest.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and Texas Congressman Ron Paul are a distant second place, but the two rivals are only several votes away from each other. Meanwhile, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is last place with only 11 percent of the vote.
Saturday’s GOP contest involves 40 delegates. In order to win the Republican nomination, a candidate has to secure 1,144 delegates.
Here are the latest numbers for the final four remaining candidates in the Republican race thus far (99 percent reporting):
Newt Gingrich: 10 percent | 5,221 votes
Ron Paul: 25 percent | 12,594 votes
Mitt Romney: 38 percent | 12,594 votes (projected winner)
Rick Santorum: 24 percent | 12,089
“I’m heartened to have won the Washington caucuses, and I thank the voters for their support. Every day that passes with Barack Obama in the White House is a day in which America’s recovery from the economic crisis is delayed,” said the former governor in a press release issued shortly after his victory.
“Unemployment here in Washington was recently as high as 10.2 percent. It’s wonderful that it has declined to 8.3 percent. But that is still an unacceptable level, bringing hardship and suffering and sleepless nights to too many American homes. I believe in an America in which everyone seeking work can find it.”
Paul told his enthusiastic supporters in Seattle that he is excited about getting his delegates. “The enthusiasm for the cause of liberty continues to grow exponentially.”
Four years ago, Romney came in last place in the state of Washington. Although it was a contentious battle in 2008, Arizona Senator John McCain won the state’s primary and caucus. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee came in second place, which was followed by Dr. Paul.
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