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March 3, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Paul supporter: “I would rather die than vote for the other candidates”

Andy Shaw at the Labor Temple in Seattle during the GOP caucuses Saturday morning, March 3, 2012. Photo by Alan Berner / Seattle Times

The line to sign in at the Seattle Labor Temple in Belltown wrapped twice around the large room this morning as hundreds readied themselves to participate in the Republican caucus.

36th District chairman Glenn Avery said the crowd was drawn by a Republican contest hat is still undecided nationally.

“This is pretty much a Ron Paul crowd,” he said. “Probably split between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney.”

Belltown attorney Dillon Smith, 31, was ready to launch a heated discussion at his first caucus. A Ron Paul supporter, he said, “I would rather die than vote for any of the other candidates.”

He plans to write in Paul no matter what, because he said Romney is no better than President Obama.

Longtime Republican Dawn Silor, 68, sat across the room with her Queen Anne neighbors and a sticker for Romney, whom she said has the credentials to run the country and a commitment to cut taxes.

She’s furious at congressional leaders, she said.

“They’re just spending our way into oblivion and leaving it for the next generation,” she said.

The Labor Temple in Seattle is packed during the GOP caucuses March 3, 2012. Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times

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