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Four straight: Romney wins Washington caucus

 Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, with his wife Callista Gingrich, speaks at a rally at the Back Porch Saloon, S...
 Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, waves to workers as he prepares to order lunch, Saturday, March 3, 2012, i...
 Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, shakes hands as he greets voters taking part in Washington state caucus meetings, Saturday,...
 Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio Saturday, March 3, 2012. (AP Phot...

Gingrich 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, with his wife Callista Gingrich, speaks at a rally at the Back Porch Saloon, S...

Santorum 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, waves to workers as he prepares to order lunch, Saturday, March 3, 2012, i...

Paul 2012 Washington Caucuses

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, shakes hands as he greets voters taking part in Washington state caucus meetings, Saturday,...

Romney 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio Saturday, March 3, 2012. (AP Phot...

Mitt Romney rolled to a double-digit victory in Washington state's Republican presidential caucuses Saturday night, his fourth triumph in a row and a fresh show of strength in the run-up to 10 campaign contests being held all across America on Tuesday.
The 10 primaries and caucuses coming up on so-called Super Tuesday should shape the Republican race to find a challenger to President Barack Obama.
Romney said in a statement that his win meant Washington state's voters "do not want a Washington insider in the White House. 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. "
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Texas Rep. Ron Paul battled for second place Saturday in Washington state, while the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, ran a distant fourth.
Returns from caucuses in 60 percent of Washington state's precincts showed Romney with 37 percent of the vote, while Paul and Santorum each had 24 percent. Gingrich was drawing 11 percent.
Romney's win was worth at least 12 of the 40 delegates at stake. Paul and Santorum each won at least three. The rest remained unallocated, pending final returns.
Romney, Santorum and Gingrich were all campaigning in Ohio _ the most intensely contested of the states holding nominating contests Tuesday _ as the first caucus returns were reported from Washington state. Paul was in Washington state as the caucuses began, searching for his first victory of the campaign.
The Republican race has shared the political spotlight in the past few days with a controversy in which conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh called a Georgetown University law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" _ an issue that the Republican presidential rivals seemed reluctant to comment on.
Limbaugh apologized on his website during the evening to the woman, Sandra Fluke, who had spoken out publicly in favor of a requirement for most insurance coverage to include contraception. Obama called Fluke on Friday to express his support. Polls show Obama's support among women voters on the rise since Republicans made contraception an issue.
The Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses stretch from Vermont to Alaska. But the top showdown is


Updated : 2021-06-23 11:41 GMT+08:00