Sunday, March 4, 2012
Mitt Romney Wins Washington Caucus
Republicans in the Northern states of the United States seem to be generally endorsing Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate. Washington, the "Evergreen state" is the latest to have done so. Although non-binding, the Washington caucus has sent a clear message as to their intentions, giving the former governor of Massachusetts nearly 38% of the votes. Ron Paul has taken just under a quarter out of the 50,000 votes, closely followed by Rick Santorum. Newt Gingrich has managed to obtain 10% of the votes.
With this victory, Romney has carried the primaries/caucuses in four of the northern states in continental United States. Minnesota has been the exception, and a notable one at that, where Romney suffered an ignominious setback. He came a distant third, the only state where he fell below the second position. Rick Santorum swept the caucus there.
The continental United States has 13 states, out of which eight are still to hold the Republican primaries. Idaho, North Dakota and Ohio will hold the contests on Super Tuesday on March 6, 2012. With two days to left for Super Tuesday, Romney's victory undoubtedly gives him a further advantage. he is inching away from the other contenders. Yet, there is a long way to go as super Tuesday is also predicted to be inconclusive. Out of the three 'Northern States', Santorum is predicted to win Ohio. Romney will most probably prevail in Idaho but North Dakota is still uncertain. Romney will need all his luck to record a victory there.