Mitt Romney won the Washington Republican presidential caucuses Saturday.
With 93 percent of the expected vote reporting, Romney led with 37 percent. Ron Paul (25 percent), Santorum (24 percent), and Newt Gingrich (11 percent) followed. The Washington Republican Party has not yet released final results.
“The voters of Washington have sent a signal that they do not want a Washington insider in the White House. They want a conservative businessman who understands the private sector and knows how to get the federal government out of the way so that the economy can once again grow vigorously,” Romney said in a statement released by his campaign.
The former Massachusetts governor held a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday night as the results were tabulated.
ABC and other outlets will project the allocation of Washington’s 43 delegates based on the final results of Saturday’s caucuses. Those delegates will be officially allocated at Washington’s May 31-June 2 state convention.
In addition to casting “straw-poll” votes for presidential candidates, Washington Republicans elected delegates to that state convention in Saturday’s precinct caucuses.
Emily Friedman contributed to this report.