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Paul supporters sweep two Seattle legislative caucuses
Mitt Romney won the statewide straw poll at Washington's GOP precinct caucuses March 3, but backers of Ron Paul are making good on their vow to keep up the fight by capturing as many delegates as possible here.
As we've explained, the straw poll did not actually give Romney any delegates. Washington's 40 up-for-grabs delegates to the National Republican Convention won't be bound until the state GOP convention in June.
Paul's zealous supporters are working hard to make sure they'll be a force at the convention.
On Saturday, the Paul backers dominated Seattle's 46th and 36th legislative district delegate elections --- winning every single delegate to the state convention from those districts.
"They just out-organized us," said George Sjursen, a Romney supporter who attended the 46th District caucus at a Lutheran school in Northeast Seattle. "I think the Paul people are really trying to take over the party, and they have the right to -- it's a democracy."
The same thing happened in the 36th District, where the Paul's supporters voted down a "unity slate" that would have split delegates among Romney, Paul and the other presidential contenders.
Instead, the Paul supporters outvoted the rest of the crowd to elect only delegates who support the Texas congressman.
"This was a campaign that seriously worked the caucus system and knew what it took to win," said Michael Young, a former King County Republican Party chairman who attended the 36th District caucus.
Paul's Seattle district wins netted him more than 40 delegates to the state convention, but he didn't do so well outside the city.
His supporters grabbed just a handful of delegates in the 30th and 31st legislative district caucuses in south King County, according to Lori Sotelo, chairman of the King County Republican Party.
It remains to be seen whether Paul can amass enough delegates to be much of a factor at the state convention. In any case, he remains dead last among the remaining four GOP presidential contenders in the national delegate hunt.
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