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
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)

(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.

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Mar 3, 2012 10:55 PM CST
It's interesting to me that this article has a 69% depressing rating. There are only four people who could have won it, and somebody was absolutely going to, so do 69% of you want somebody different from Romney? I'm genuinely asking, the only other possibility is that people rated this depressing regardless of who won.
Mar 3, 2012 10:05 PM CST
I would like to point out that the pic of Santorum says that he's waving to workers. It looks to me that he's shoving reporters out of his way.
Mar 3, 2012 9:46 PM CST
I just want to leave this comment here it is as good a place as any. Assumably Obama will win the 2012 election. Most Republicans won't even go to the polls in November, but that is not the point I want to make here. I find it very strange that when Obama starts his next 4 years it will be 3½ years from June 7, 2016. The significance of that date is that it is exactly 49 years after the 6 day war in Israel. The significance of that is it is the beginning of the 7 year tribulation period and the anti-christ rules in 3½ year incraments. I just want it written somewhere that I can say......I told yah so....