The G.O.P. is supposed to release caucus results at 5:00 pm, but who knows what will really happen.
Here are some sources for results:
- AP state summary
- AP county summary
- HuffPo’s summary of AP results
- WSRP Caucus Result web page
- Twitter #WAcaucus
- Google election results
- CNN WA results
Feel free to share your caucusing story in the comment thread. I’ll provide some updates if and when anything interesting happens.
Kate Martin @Gov_SVH
BREAKING: SKAGIT #Wacaucus results: Romney 41%, Santorum 21%, Paul 18%, Gingrich 17% (rest undecided/other) Total votes: 969
Mike Faulk @Mike_Faulk
OFFICIAL YAKIMA COUNTY RESULTS: Romney (394), Santorum (252), Paul (225) and Gingrich (136) #wacaucus
3:18:The APs Chris Grygiel tweets:
Chris Grygiel @ChrisGrygiel
@AP_Phuong – WA GOP Chairman Kirby Wilbur says caucus turnout could hit 80k. #wacaucus #wagop
Man…there must be a lot of Democrats showing up today. Mitt Romney sent a bold example. Or it might has something to do with no primary election this year….
3:26: Kirby Wilbur now says results will start coming in at 3:30. But the narrative so far on twitter feeds and political “chat rooms” is that thousands of people were turned from caucusing. The Ron Paul supporters have turned it into a conspiracy theory about keeping Paul supporters from participating.
3:33: Neither the WSRP page nor the AP page have any results yet. But there is this tweet (from Seattle Times’ Brian Rosenthal):
Brian M. Rosenthal @brianmrosenthal
With vote counted from 15 small counties, Romney is leading #wacaucus with 31.5%. Paul at 26.9%, Santorum 24.4% and Gingrinch 12.9%
…with the follow-up:
Brian M. Rosenthal @brianmrosenthal
These initial results probably represent only 10% or less of the #wacaucus vote, WA GOP Chairman Kirby Wilbur says
3:44: Here is a link to a photo of the initial official results:
4:33: With 12% reporting:
Romney 30.9% Paul 27.1% Santorum 24.1% Gingrich 13.5%
Oh…man, a narrow loss by Ron Paul is going to cause an uproar among his supporters!
5:03: Now we have 29% reporting:
Romney 36% Paul 24% Santorum 24% Gingrich 12%
5:13: At 31% the results are unchanged. Looking at the map of reported and unreported counties it seems pretty clear to me that Mitt Romney is going to win the beauty pageant in most of the remaining counties. (It will be interesting to see if Paul takes Watcom county—a sign that WWU students have been motivated and mobilized for Paul the way WSU (Pullman) students have been in Whitman county.)
Anyway…I’m calling the G.O.P. caucuses for the Mittster.
5:54: The quarter of King County that has been counted is heavily for Mitt (52% of the vote).
So now with 42% in state-wide we have:
Romney 37% Paul 24% Santorum 24% Gingrich 11%
Just for fun, here are some Ron Paul tweets coming across the innertubes:
Looks like they stole another one #wacaucus #RonPaul2012 this is bs
Sorry, kidd-o, but a couple of crappily run caucus sites does not equal “stolen election.”
Joe Public @Just_A_Joe
RON PAUL WINS MAJORITY DELEGATES in #WAcaucus today!! WOOT WOOT. Runner up Mitt wins the straw/sign-in poll. #RonPaul vs #obama
No, Joe…Washington doesn’t work like that. We won’t know who actually wins delegates until the state convention.
6:07: Every election season Snohomish County looks more and more like King County: Romney 42.4%, Paul 24.9%, Santorum 22.4%, Gingrinch 10.2%.
6:12: Ron Paul is speaking now. Live stream here: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/cvplive/cvpstream1
6:19: That’s interesting. Santorum takes Whatcom! Santorum 33%, Paul 27.8%, Romney 22%, Gingrich 11.9%.
6:22: Kirby Wilbur is refusing to call the election. Apparently he remembers the Luke Esser debacle of 2008.
6:29: Last Thursday I saw a pack of Lyndon LaRouche supporters set up at a table in front of Denny Hall on the UW campus. It made me wonder if some of the Ron Paul supporters, disgruntled by Mitt getting the nomination, would go on to form a Ron Paul cult akin to the LaRouchian Movement.
6:36: Mitt Romney tweets:
Mitt Romney @MittRomney
I’m heartened to have won the Washington caucuses, and I thank the voters for their support today. #Mitt2012
“Support” is, perhaps, too strong a word. Mitt won because Santorum, Gingrich and Paul are fucking freaks! Mitt wins by being the least bad of the pack.