Mitt Wins Washington Caucuses

It wasn’t getting as much attention as Super Tuesday, and like other caucuses it results in precisely zero delegates being awarded, but Mitt Romney did score a victory last night in Washington State’s caucuses:

SEATTLE — Showing that organization does matter, Mitt Romney won Washington state’s caucuses Saturday.

The victory gives the former Massachusetts governor another boost going into Super Tuesday, when 10 states vote.

“The voters of Washington have sent a signal that they do not want a Washington insider in the White House,” Romney said in a three-paragraph statement. “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.”

Romney ran up his margin in the counties around Puget Sound. In Snohomish County, a key bellwether just north of Seattle, Romney got twice as many votes as Rick Santorum, who was in a tight race with Ron Paul for second place.

It’s Romney’s fifth win in a row. Since his trio of losses to Santorum just less than a month ago, Romney has now won primaries in Michigan and Arizona and caucuses in Maine and Wyoming. With 60 percent of precincts reporting, Santorum narrowly trailed Paul for third place.

Washington’s caucuses are nonbinding, which means that someone besides Romney could still wind up winning most of the 43 delegates that will be awarded at the state convention in June. But for tonight, Romney is the winner and will carry the momentum out of the state

Whether this means anything for Tuesday or not, only time will tell.

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