In the latest episode of the ever-changing Republican presidential nomination race, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the Washington caucuses on March 3. This continues a winning streak that began after former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum won the Minnesota and Colorado primaries on Feb. 7.
Romney’s margin of victory was fairly large, as he won 19,111 votes and 37.6 percent. Texas representative Ron Paul took second with 12,594 votes (24.8 percent), Santorum was a close third with 12,089 votes (23.8) and former Speaker Newt Gingrich finished last with 5,221 votes (10.3).
All but three delegates are allocated based on A.P. estimates, so Romney won 30 delegates and Santorum and Paul each won 5. This puts Romney’s 180 total delegates at twice Santorum’s 90, while Gingrich holds a small lead over Paul with 29 as compared to 23 delegates.
The candidates next compete in the Super Tuesday races on March 6, when ten states–and several hundred delegates–may help push one of the candidates closer to the nomination.