Mitt Romney rolled to a double-digit victory in Washington state’s Republican presidential caucuses tonight, his fourth campaign triumph in a row in the run-up to 10 Super Tuesday contests in all regions of the country.
Rick Santorum and Ron Paul battled for second place, while Newt Gingrich ran a distant fourth.
Returns from caucuses in 54 percent of Washington state’s precincts showed Romney with 38 percent of the vote, while Paul and Santorum each had 24 percent. Gingrich was drawing 8 percent.
There were 40 delegates at stake, and a likelihood that at least two of the contenders for the nomination to oppose President Barack Obama would add to their totals.
Washington was a relatively low-key contest. Romney, Santorum and Gingrich were in Ohio — the most intensely contested of the Super Tuesday states — as the first caucus returns were reported.