Posted: Mar 3, 2012 9:22 PM by Kirsten Bennett
WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney has won a double-digit victory in Washington state's Republican presidential caucuses. It's his fourth campaign triumph in a row and a fresh show of strength in the run-up to the 10-state Super Tuesday contests next week.
Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are battling for second place in the Washington state caucuses, while Newt Gingrich is running a distant fourth in the state.
Romney said in a statement that his win meant Washington state's voters "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's West Coast victory came on the heels of twin primary triumphs over Santorum earlier in the week in hard-fought Michigan and lightly contested Arizona, as well as a narrow win over Paul in Maine caucuses earlier in February.
Returns from caucuses in 60 percent of Washington state's precincts showed Romney with 37 percent of the vote, while Paul and Santorum each had 24 percent. Gingrich was drawing 11 percent.