Mitt Romney continued his string of victories in the race for the GOP presidential nomination by taking first place in the Washington caucuses. Romney picked up 37.6 percent of the vote. Ron Paul nipped Rick Santorum for second place, 24.8% to 23.8%, a difference of 505 votes. Newt Gingrich finished a distant fourth at 10.3 percent.
As was the case in Michigan, Rick Santorum held the lead in statewide polls last week, but a combination of self-forced errors and Romney’s edge in money and organization helped the former Massachusetts governor erase the deficit. Romney has now won five straight contests and holds all the momentum in the race as it heads to the all-important “Super Tuesday”. Ten states head to the polls this coming Tuesday.
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