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March 4, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Washington GOP shatters previous record with over 50,000 straw votes cast

The Washington State Republican Party saw over 50,000 straw poll votes cast on March 3, 2012. (A.V. Crofts/UW Election Eye)

Behind the podium at the Washington State Republican Party press room on the night of March 3, 2012. The Washington State Republican Party saw over 50,000 straw poll votes cast. (A.V. Crofts/UW Election Eye)

Last Thursday I spoke to Washington State Republican Party Chairman, Kirby Wilbur, and he was confident that the turnout for the Washington caucus could be “50,000 and north of that.”

Wilbur should be feeling pleased with his predictive powers.

A press release sent to me this morning from Josh Amato, Washington State Republican Party Director of Communications, put the final total at 50,764.

The press release quoted Wilbur as saying, “Not only were these attendees excited to have a voice in the Republican nomination process, but they were sending a clear message that President
Obama’s lack of economic recovery and disregard of the impact that his extremely high gas prices has on the average Washington working family, or non-working family because of his failed economic policies, will not be tolerated.”

Mitt Romney ended the night with just over 37% of the vote, providing him a double digit win in Washington State and his fifth primary victory in a row. The New York Times reported this morning that the Romney campaign is now focused squarely on the math that leads them to the prized 1,144 delegates needed to secure the nomination.

With Super Tuesday around the corner, there will be a flurry of delegates to be won next week.

Comments | Topics: delegates, Mitt Romney, WA Caucuses

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