BREAKING: Romney wins Wyoming caucuses, CNN projects
February 29th, 2012
09:41 PM ET
11 years ago

BREAKING: Romney wins Wyoming caucuses, CNN projects

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has won the Wyoming caucuses, CNN projects.

Based on straw-poll results compiled and released by the Wyoming Republican Party, Romney won 39% of the votes cast in straw polls conducted at county-level caucuses.

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Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum came in second with 32% of the straw poll vote, followed by Texas Congressman Ron Paul with 21% and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 8%.

The delegate count may be closer. Of the 26 delegates at stake, CNN estimates Romney will pick up 10 delegates, while Santorum will take in nine delegates, Paul will receive six, and Gingrich one.

Throughout the month of February, Wyoming Republicans held caucuses and cast votes in straw polls in 22 of the state’s 23 counties. The final county, Sweetwater County, held its caucus Wednesday night.

A little more than 2,000 people caucused this year in Wyoming, the state with the country's smallest population at just over half a million residents.

The February caucuses and straw polls are the first step in Wyoming's delegate selection process. County-level delegates to the national convention in Tampa will be chosen at county conventions on March 6-10, and statewide delegates will be selected at the state GOP convention in April.

Romney is making his second bid for president and was widely expected to win the state, as he carried Wyoming by a large margin during the 2008 Republican primary.

Sen. John McCain won the state in the general election later that year with 65 percent of the vote over Barack Obama’s 33 percent.

The Wyoming caucuses mark Romney’s third victory this week, after the former Massachusetts governor pulled much-needed wins in Arizona and Michigan on Tuesday.

However, Romney’s Michigan win comes with an asterisk. The latest CNN delegate estimate indicates that Romney and Santorum will evenly divide the 30 Michigan delegates at stake in Tuesday's primary.

Voters next head to the polls in Washington on Saturday and in 10 more states on March 6, also known as Super Tuesday.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Wyoming
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Conrack

    Talk about a mandate! Of the just over 2,000 people who voted in this primary, the GOP frontrunner out polled his nearest rival by 132 votes. Stop the presses!

    February 29, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. WhereIsPalin

    "Sen. John McCain won the state in the general election later that year with 65 percent of the vote over Barack Obama’s 33 percent."

    Apparently, no one in Wyoming knew who McCain had chosen as a running mate.

    February 29, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  3. carrotroot

    Hmm, had no idea that there was a primary in Wyoming. This was completely under the radar.

    February 29, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. Tough USA

    McFlipper is 2008 all over again.

    February 29, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. Tough USA

    The Sheepies are doing what they are supposed to do. BAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!

    February 29, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  6. Ricardo

    Who cares

    February 29, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  7. enuff

    Wyoming had a caucus? I live in Wyoming and this is the first I've heard. It doesn't matter anyway. This state is soooooo republican you can't swing a cat without hitting one.

    February 29, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  8. Eddie

    Congratulations Mitt, we believe in you

    February 29, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  9. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Oooohh this is so Earth shaking news! I am so surprised. I thought that Wyoming was later.

    February 29, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  10. docpsych34

    Good Win Mitt. The only reason Santorum was anywhere near Romney in Michigan is because of Democrat "dirty tricks". They crossed-over and voted for Santorum because they don't want to run against Romney in the Fall. Take the Democrats out of the race and Santorum gets smoked.

    February 29, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  11. SunnyR

    Congratulations, Governor Romney!

    On to VICTORY and the White House. We need you and Ann more than you will ever know! Our country is dying a slow death. Bring your expertise, leadership and sunny optimism to Washington DC and let's take our country back!

    Come on, November!

    Mitt Romney – 2012

    February 29, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  12. T'sah From Virginia

    VOTER FRAUD!!! VOTER FRAUD!!! After the other caucus counts, I don't believe it!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    February 29, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  13. Larry L

    Wow! Two thousand voters... You could fill up a small high school gym with that crowd. Could it be Republicans stayed home rather than voting for the losers the Teavangelicals are offering in the Primary?

    March 1, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  14. 300 Win Mag

    That is what the numbers added up to, however there was a well organized campaign by the Romney supporters in some counties which would put the overall opinion in question for those that were not there. As a precinct committee person, I saw it first hand along with the Romney supporters being coaxed into signing up to try and be delegates to the county convention. Wyoming's primary isn't until August so it probably won't make a difference in the long run since the nominee should be selected by then. With that being said, whoever the Republican nominee is, that person will be significantly better than Obama. This Country absolutely can not endure another 4 years of the current administration! The other encouraging thing I want to say is that I was very impressed with the amount of people that showed up to the straw poll. Out of almost 10 years of being a precinct committee person, this year had about 4 times the number of people that would have normally showed up. People are very concerned about our Country, the direction it is headed, and are disappointed in how the mainstream media reports it.

    How's that Hope and Change working out for You?

    God Bless America and our Troops that are fighting for our FREEDOM!!

    March 1, 2012 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  15. Carol

    There is something wrong with Mitt. How can a person with all his education be such a dud. He constantly makes gaffes. He is always backtracking. The only explanation for it is he is not telling his truth. He's a real loser.

    March 1, 2012 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  16. RioSam

    I certainly would have thought Wy would have been more freedom and liberty minded's gotta be something in the water because none of this makes any sense..the people keep voting in favor of those that do not represent any change whatsoever! Disheartening to say the least to see so many across this country voting for perpetual war, high unemployment and increased debt resulting in higher inflation! What the hell is wrong with the people of this country??

    March 1, 2012 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  17. Lucas H

    wyoming sorry one word fail

    March 1, 2012 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Another resounding 39% victory for the man who wants to add $3.4 trillion to our national debt.

    March 1, 2012 06:19 am at 6:19 am |