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Romney wins Washington state's Republican caucus | McClatchy

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Mitt Romney decisively won Washington's fiercely contested Republican caucuses Saturday, according to network projections, giving him an important boost on the eve of Super Tuesday, when 10 states vote across the nation.

The former Massachusetts governor won 36.2 percent of the vote with 77 percent of precincts reporting. Trailing were Texas Rep. Ron Paul, with 25.1 percent, Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, with 24.4 percent, and Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House of Representatives, with 10.8 percent.

The defeats for Paul and Santorum could be a stinging blow. Santorum Thursday told a Pasco crowd, "We can put this race on a whole other plane if Washington speaks conservatively on Saturday."

Paul, who had high hopes here, said he was running a decent second. He ran ads, drew enthusiastic crowds throughout the state and greeted voters in Puyallup Saturday. He has counted on strong showings in caucus states, where turnout is low and activists are more prominent.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
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