Romney Wins Washington State Caucuses

Ron Paul, Rick Santorum each lose by 13 points

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Mar 3, 2012 7:20 PM CST

(Newser) – Mitt Romney rolled to a double-digit victory in Washington state's Republican presidential caucuses tonight, his fourth triumph in a row and a fresh show of strength in the run-up to 10 campaign contests being held all across America on Tuesday. The 10 primaries and caucuses coming up on so-called Super Tuesday should shape the Republican race to find a challenger to President Barack Obama.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Texas Rep. Ron Paul battled for second place in Washington state, while Newt Gingrich ran a distant fourth. Returns from caucuses in 60% of Washington state's precincts showed Romney with 37% of the vote, while Paul and Santorum each had 24%. Gingrich was drawing 11%. Romney's win was worth at least 12 of the 40 delegates at stake. Paul and Santorum each won at least three. The rest remained unallocated, pending final returns.

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, waves to workers as he prepares to order lunch, Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Wilmington, Ohio.
Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, waves to workers as he prepares to order lunch, Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Wilmington, Ohio.   (Eric Gay)
Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, with his wife Callista Gingrich, speaks at a rally at the Back Porch Saloon, Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Hamilton Ohio.
Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, with his wife Callista Gingrich, speaks at a rally at the Back Porch Saloon, Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Hamilton Ohio.   (Tony Tribble)
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, shakes hands as he greets voters taking part in Washington state caucus meetings, Saturday, March, 3, 2012, in Puyallup, Wash.
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, shakes hands as he greets voters taking part in Washington state caucus meetings, Saturday, March, 3, 2012, in Puyallup, Wash.   (Ted S. Warren)
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio Saturday, March 3, 2012.
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio Saturday, March 3, 2012.   (Gerald Herbert)
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