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Washington Republican caucus today


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Washington holds its Republican presidential caucus today. The caucus, which is a non binding straw poll of Republican activists will determine 43 delegates who will then attend a state convention in early June at which point the decision will be taken as to how they will vote in the national convention later in the year.

For those reasons, opinion polls matter less than strength of feeling of Republican activists. A number of analysts are saying that this may be the moment when Ron Paul may win his first state. He has a strong campaign team in Washington and his message resonates.

An opinion poll by Public Policy Polling published yesterday, suggests that Mitt Romney has gathered momentum in the state and overtaken Rick Santorum in the past two weeks.

The result of the latest poll gives Romney 37%, Santorum 32%, Ron Paul 16% and Newt Gingrich 13%. However, the poll reflects support across the state and not the small number of activists who will attend the caucus meetings.

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