Romney wins Wyoming straw poll

Former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves to supporters during a primary night gathering at the Suburban Collections Showplace Feb. 28, 2012, in Novi, Mich.
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Mitt Romney was the winner of a non-binding Republican presidential straw poll in Wyoming, the state Republican party announced Wednesday night.

The results of the straw poll have no bearing on which candidate will take Wyoming's 12 delegates. Instead, Republicans in the state will elect the delegates in 12 county conventions that will be held between March 6 and March 10. Wyoming's extended caucusing schedule was originally designed, in part, to give ranchers and rural residents time to participate.

In the straw poll conducted this month during the Wyoming Republican party's caucus meetings, Romney won 822 votes out of 2,108 cast. Rick Santorum took 673 votes, while Ron Paul won 439 and Newt Gingrich won 165.

While the straw poll is non-binding, the Romney campaign in a press release Thursday cast the results as the former governor's fourth win.

Romney regained his footing in the Republican nominating contest this week with victories in the Arizona and Michigan primaries. The next contest is the Washington state caucuses on March 3, followed by "Super Tuesday" on March 6 when 10 states, including Ohio, will vote.

Full Republican delegate scorecard
Nationwide primary results so far


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