Mitt Romney did it again – easily winning the Washington state Republican caucus on Saturday. With 90 per cent of precincts reporting the results are roughly as follows:
The margin for Romney may grow as night continues; urban areas around Seattle are last to report, and he does well in them.
This makes five wins in a row for Romney, or eight out of twelve contests.
The Romney campaign doesn’t seem to be faltering any longer.
Romney made no major speech tonight to commemorate the small but well-attended caucus, but his campaign issued a statement, “The voters of Washington have sent a signal that they do not want a Washington insider in the White House, They want a conservative businessman who understands the private sector and knows how to get the federal government out of the way so that the economy can once again grow vigorously. With the support of Washington’s voters, I look forward with optimism to the primaries and caucuses to come.”
Meanwhile, Paul who is currently just edging out Santorum in this contest, gave a speech in which he emphasised that his campaign’s strategy of picking up delegates (which are assigned at a state convention later this year) is working. Paul threw lots of resources at this state hoping to pick up a clean victory–he was the only candidate airing television ads–but just as in Maine, he fell short.
Santorum has already been looking to Super Tuesday’s 10 contests next week where he leads in pre-primary polls in a few states. Gingrich, who desperately needs to get some attention to keep his campaign viable, has a sizable but not bulletproof lead in his home state of Georgia.
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