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Democrats settle on delegate plan

Washington State Democrats will almost certainly select their presidential delegates for the 2012 convention through the caucus system.

At state Central Committee meeting over the weekend, party officials decided to hold their precinct caucuses on April 15 next year.  The plan must still be approved by the Democratic National Committee this fall, but that seems a foregone conclusion.

One, the state has cancelled its presidential primary to save about $10 million, so about the only other way would be some sort of random draw of registered voters.

B.,  the Democrats have used caucuses to award delegates for decades, whether the state has held a primary or not.

Third, the party pretty much knows who its nominee is going to be, so there's not likely to be any suspense to whom the delegates will be chosen.

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