Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the Washington caucus on Saturday, according to projections by the Associated Press and multiple organizations. And though the caucus is non-binding in terms of how delegates will be apportioned, the win gives Romney five victories in a row going into Super Tuesday.
In a statement, Romney said the win showed that voters in Washington state did not want someone from Washington, D.C.
“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.
It was difficult to poll the caucus and it was difficult to predict which candidate would do well. Texas Rep. Ron Paul figured to perform strongly but Romney’s dominance in Washington’s biggest counties, such as King County, gave him a comfortable margin of victory.
Gingrich finished in fourth place in a state that could have given him momentum going into Super Tuesday.
Romney campaigned in Ohio and will be in Georgia and Tennessee before Super Tuesday. Gingrich, holding a comfortable double digit lead in Georgia, will focus on Ohio and Tennessee.
Santorum must win Ohio and hold onto his leads in Tennesee and Oklahoma, especially because Santorum will not be eligible for up to 18 delegates in Ohio and multiple more in Tennessee because his campaign failed to file the proper paperwork months ago.
In addition, Santorum and Gingrich failed to qualify on Virginia’s ballot and both are ineligible for the state’s 49 delegates.