Entries in Washington Caucus (2)


Mitt Romney Wins Washington Caucuses

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- 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.

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Romney Turns Focus on Trade Policies with China

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(BELLEVUE, Wash.) -- Trade policies were at the center at Mitt Romney’s events in a suburb outside Seattle, where he continued to assail China for being a “currency manipulator" and accused President Obama of being too easy on the country.

“When this president ran for office, he said he was concerned about how China was not playing fair, not playing by the rules, and he said he’d take them to the mat,” said Romney, speaking to a crowd of hundreds at the Highland Community Center in a suburb just outside Bellevue. “Well, since then, they’ve walked all over him. What China does is cheat when it comes to trade policy.”

“And you can’t blame them for trying; you have to blame us for letting it go on,” he said.

Romney, who has spoken extensively about how he would deal with China differently from the current administration, focused largely on preserving American innovation.

“And then, wait, Boeing, get ready, all right — China wants to start making big aircraft,” said Romney.
“Guess whose designs and technologies they’re going to try to steal? They hacked into the computers in corporate America and the computers in our governmental sites.”

“In addition to all those other things, they also artificially hold down the value of their currency. Why? So their prices are artificially low, so they can take jobs and get business,” he said. “By the way, what does a country do after they’ve wiped out their competitors? Why then of course, they rise it right back up.”

Washington State voters will caucus Saturday.

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