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AP: Romney wins Washington straw poll

Mitt Romney won Washington's presidential straw poll that accompanied today's Republican precinct caucuses, the Associated Press reports.

The AP bulletin goes a bit far by saying Romney was "nominated president, Washington."

The straw poll doesn't award delegates who will vote to nominate a candidate at the Republican National Convention this summer. That's decided in a process that began today with the precinct caucuses, but doesn't conclude until early June when delegates to the national convention are selected at the state convention.

The results are from a ballot handed to caucus attendees as they entered the meetings Saturday morning.

With tallies still coming in, the former Massachusetts governor has about 37 percent of the votes, and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum have about 24 percent each. 




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