Washington state Democrats to hold caucuses Sunday

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state Democrats are gathering across the state Sunday for precinct caucuses, where they're expected to express support for Barack Obama for president.

The scene at the caucuses is expected to be quieter than the one four years ago, when Obama and Hillary Clinton were locked in a tight battle for the party's nomination. Some 250,000 Democrats showed up at the caucuses in 2008, ultimately choosing Obama.

The precinct caucuses are the first step in the process of choosing 105 of the state's 121 delegates to the Democratic National Convention, to be held in September in Charlotte, N.C. The other 16 will be made up of elected officials and party leaders.