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)
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(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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