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Romney Captures 32 Idaho Delegates

The Idaho Republican Party announced its Caucus results today, with Mitt Romney declared the winner of the 2012 Idaho Republican Party Presidential Caucus. By winning over 50 percent of the counties’ proportion of delegates, Mitt Romney will therefore receive all of Idaho’s 32 delegates to the Republican National Convention. Across the state, over 44,000 enthusiastic Idaho Republicans made history by participating in the first ever Idaho Republican Party Presidential Caucus. The county delegate results with 100% of counties reporting are as follows:

  • Mitt Romney: 25
  • Rick Santorum: 4
  • Ron Paul: 3
  • Newt Gingrich: 0
  • Buddy Roemer: 0

Due to Article VI, Section 5 of the Rules of the Idaho Republican Party pertaining to Apportionment and Selection of Delegates to the Republican National Convention, once certified, Mitt Romney will receive all of Idaho’s 32 delegates.

Also: Romney wins 31 counties, Santorum 7, Paul 6/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise

Question: In our HucksOnline poll, we predicted Paul (45%) would win over Romney (39%), followed by Santorum (8%), Buddy Roemer (5%), and Gingrich (2.5%). Pointing to our poll, Yabetcha advised us last night not to quit our day jobs. Why did we miss so badly on the final results?

Kootenai County Backs Santorum

It took until after midnight, but the wait was worth it for Rick Santorum (shown in AP photo Tuesday in Ohio) supporters. Following four rounds of voting, Santorum was the choice of Kootenai County Republicans in Idaho’s first presidential caucus. The Pennsylvanian received 674 votes in the final round of voting, while Ron Paul received 496 votes countywide, Republican Party officials announced early Wednesday. Mitt Romney, who earned the statewide caucus victory, was eliminated in the third round of voting, while Newt Gingrich was eliminated in the second round. The four rounds of voting, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., did not end until after midnight, as those who waited more than five hours cast their final ballot at The Coeur d’Alene Resort and nine other caucus sites around the county/Joe Donofrio, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: What does the selection of Rick Santorum and Ron Paul as the top two choices tell us about Kootenai County's Republicans?

Idaho Ready To Help Pick Nominee

Idaho Republicans play a role in Super Tuesday this evening as they gather throughout the state for presidential caucuses. It will be a new experience for many. For decades, the Idaho GOP has used the results of a presidential primary to award delegates to the candidates while Democrats have used caucuses. But the presidential primary was part of the state primary in May, which is usually so late that the nominee is already chosen. This year Idaho Republicans switched to the caucus system and scheduled it as early as the national party allows for awarding all of a state’s delegates, hoping to get some attention from the candidates. The tactic worked: All four presidential candidates visited the state, and party officials report voters are caught up in the excitement/Jim Camden, SR. More here.

Question: Are you going to participate in the Super Tuesday caucus election in Idaho today?

PM: Sandpoint Turns Out For Ron Paul

Dominic Brauer of Sandpoint holds a sign outside the Bonner County Fairgrounds before a town hall meeting with Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, Monday in Sandpoint. Story here. (AP Photo/Matt Mills McKnight)

Ron Paul To Visit Moscow, Sandpoint

Ron Paul has tentatively placed Moscow back on his campaign trail ahead of Super Tuesday, seeking a larger venue after his first visit was to a shut-out crowd. According to an email from a campaign staffer, the Texas congressman plans to visit three Idaho cities Monday — Sandpoint at 11 a.m., Moscow at 2 p.m., and Idaho Falls at 7 p.m. Paul's staff is currently fleshing out a contract with the University of Idaho to use the Kibbie Dome, said Karen Calisterio, north Idaho regional director for the campaign/AP.

Question: How important are the results of the Washington (Saturday) and Idaho (Tuesday) caucuses to Ron Paul GOP presidential hopes?

Parting Shot — 2.23.12

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich shakes hands, signs autographs and poses for photos with the large crowd assembled to hear him Thursday at the Bing Crosby Theater. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

The man who orchestrated the Republican wave that took out Spokane’s own Speaker of the U.S. House nearly two decades ago was back Thursday, this time with a bid for the White House. Newt Gingrich finds himself trailing in polls, well behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and the surging campaign of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. But he said Washington could help put his campaign back in the running. He said Washington, which holds its GOP caucuses on March 3, can make a “big difference” in the race as the final contest before Super Tuesday, when 10 states, including Idaho, hold primaries or causes/Spokesman-Review. More here.

Question: Will Super Tuesday be Newt Gingrich's last hurrah?

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