GOP voters in Wash. caucus on presidential choices

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republicans gathered in homes, churches and town halls across the state Saturday for Washington’s GOP presidential caucuses.

This is the first meaningful party contest in recent memory.

While the caucuses are nonbinding, state Republicans say it could create momentum for the four candidates on their last stop before Super Tuesday, where voting takes place in 10 states. Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul have all visited the state in recent weeks.

The Washington caucuses will run just two hours, ending at noon. Results from the straw poll vote on which candidate caucus-goers want to see take on President Barack Obama are expected to be released early evening.