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When all the tallying was done last night, Mitt Romney's sweep in Idaho's first GOP presidential caucus left him with all 32 delegates after winning 31 of Idaho's 44 counties. Seven counties went to Rick Santorum - Kootenai, Benewah, Clearwater, Shoshone, Owyhee, Lewis and Washington. Six went to Ron Paul: Nez Perce, Latah, Camas, Idaho, Bonner and Boundary. Click below to read the Idaho GOP's news release about the results.
Mitt Romney has taken Ada County with 52 percent, to 23 percent for Rick Santorum, 22 percent for Ron Paul and 4 percent for Newt Gingrich. With 34 of the 44 counties reporting, that means Romney now has enough to wrap up the win in Idaho and secure all 32 of Idaho's delegates to the national GOP nominating convention. Ron Paul won Boundary, Camas and Latah counties, and Rick Santorum took Lewis County, but even if Paul or Santorum does well in the remaining 10 counties, neither can surmount Romney's lead. They're still caucusing in Kootenai, Benewah, Bonner, Canyon, Clearwater, Gem, Idaho, Shoshone, Owyhee and Nez Perce counties.
The first North Idaho county's GOP caucus results to come in are from Boundary County, where Ron Paul won. Here are the numbers:
Official caucus results from the Idaho GOP now show 22 of Idaho's 44 counties reporting, with 21 of those going to Mitt Romney, and one, Lewis County, going to Rick Santorum - but the results there were just 44 for Santorum, 25 for Romney, and zero for Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich, so the numbers are tiny. Here's a link to the GOP's results; see the Spokesman-Review's statewide results map here.
Now 12 Idaho counties have reported their GOP caucus results, and Mitt Romney remains way ahead with 76 percent, but still, all the counties are in southern and southeastern Idaho; Bannock County, population 83,000, is the largest reporting so far. Ada County, by contrast, has 392,000 people, Canyon County has 189,000, and Kootenai County has 138,000. You can see our county-by-county results map here.
The Spokesman-Review's Election Center is posting Idaho's county-by-county GOP caucus results as they come in on a map of the state; a look at it now shows that with 16 percent of the tally in, from seven counties, Mitt Romney is way ahead with 77.7 percent. But all the counties reporting are in southeastern or southern Idaho; there are no results yet from North Idaho. You can check out the map here.
Voting in the Idaho Republican presidential caucus has started in some parts of Idaho, including the first round in Canyon County and other small southern Idaho counties, reports AP reporter John Miller; click below for his full report. In Ada County, organizers closed the doors of Taco Bell Arena about 30 minutes after the 7 p.m. deadline to make sure hundreds still waiting in lines could get inside and cast their secret ballots, Miller reported; “If you're in line by 7, you'll get in,” GOP official Rod Beck said.
For the first time in decades, Idaho will have a chance to influence a Republican presidential campaign. The Idaho Republican Party has organized caucuses in all 44 counties; current crowd estimates are 4,500 in Bonneville County, and 2,500 in Twin Falls County, according to the Associated Press, and 9,050 in Ada County, according to the Boise Police Department.