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February 24, 2012 at 9:48 AM

43 delegates for Washington Republicans? Here's the explanation

Republican national convention delegates in 1964. What will it look like in 2012? (Photograph by Smithsonian Magazine)

Washington has 43 delegates at stake in the March 3 Republican Party caucuses. That’s 13 more than Michigan and 14 more than Arizona, both of whom vote on Tuesday. Washington’s total is the second-highest of the primary season so far.

Many times over the past two months people have raised the question of how does the Republican Party assign delegates to specific states as part of the presidential nomination process?  I am happy to say I have some help this morning.

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Comments | Topics: ABC News, Arizona, Barack Obama

February 8, 2012 at 6:30 AM

An on-the-ground view from Colorado: Santorum sweep roils Republican race

Rick Santorum photographed at the Cable Center in Denver, Colorado on Feb. 6th, 2012. He is shown here talking with UW Election Eye reporter Lindsey Meeks. (Photo by Corey Christiansen / UW Election Eye)

DENVER — On Friday and Saturday, Colorado was hit by a snowstorm that dumped 20 inches on parts of this mile-high city. On Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, Rick Santorum took the state by storm. Republican frontrunner — former frontrunner? — Mitt Romney will be digging out for weeks.

Welcome to the 2012 GOP presidential contest, where the field is open, the competition is fierce, and the future is uncertain.

Santorum swept caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota and a primary in Missouri (though no delegates were at stake in the latter) yesterday. In 2008, Romney won both of the caucuses by wide margins, by 19 points in Minnesota and by 42 — six touchdowns — in Colorado. This time he lost Minnesota by 28 and Colorado by 5 to Santorum.

We beat the New York Times and nearly every media outlet in America in reporting it. Just saying.

Rick Santorum at the Cable Center in Denver, Colorado on Feb. 6th, 2012. The candidate was talking with supporters at his campaign

Next up for the GOP primary is Maine, which is caucusing this entire week (yes, all week), with results completed on Saturday. Then the campaign takes its longest hiatus: there are no more votes until Feb. 28, with primaries in Michigan and Arizona.

Then it’s the Washington caucuses on March 3.

If the weeks to come are anything like the days and nights we experienced here, we have two words for Washingtonians: buckle up.

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Comments | Topics: Arizona, Caucuses, Colorado