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November 7, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Republican party ends early in Bellevue

Seattle resident Shiao-Yen Wu and her Pomeranian, Zoro, at the Washington State Republican Party’s event on Tuesday night. (Photo by Ruth Moon/UW Election Eye) BELLEVUE — Would-be partiers in Bellevue turned in early last night as news of President Obama’s win filtered through the crowd at the Washington state Republican gathering. Though the crowd anticipated a…


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March 2, 2012 at 6:30 AM

A Washington GOP caucus like no other: Mitt Romney predicted to have a narrow lead over Rick Santorum

Image courtesy of the Washington State Republican Party. (

Kirby Wilbur, Chairman of the Washington State Republican Party, is the busiest man in the state today. With the Washington GOP caucus a little over 24 hours away, his cell phone is a perpetual jangle of incoming calls.

Given the perfect storm of the spotlight on the Washington caucus for the first time in memory, no GOP primary, and the pressure on the WSRP given earlier caucus disasters in Iowa (Who won?), Maine (When do we caucus when it snows? Which ones count?), and Nevada (How long until the votes are tallied? Anyone? Anyone?), I held out little hope of an interview. The guy is busy.

Turns out, Wilbur is never too busy for a Husky.

“Of course I called you back,” Wilbur told me about 10 seconds into our call, “As soon as I heard you were a Husky. Now, if you were a Cougar? No way.”

A history major from the UW class of ’81 is trying to make history this Saturday.


Comments | Topics: Caucuses, Election 2012, Republicans