Caucuses Wrapped Up; Washington Republican Straw Poll Results Coming Tonight

Join University Place Patch as we cover the day's activities, starting at 9 a.m.

UPDATE: 12:20 p.m., 3/2

The caucuses are wrapping up across the state, including here in University Place.

Check back tonight for results.


On Saturday, Republicans across the state will gather for precinct caucuses, where they'll vote in a straw poll and elect local delegates, starting the process to choose a presidential nominee.

Patch editors in 14 towns around Puget Sound will be covering the action live, starting when registration opens at 9 a.m. and continuing through the end of the caucuses at around noon.

Join us right here to follow the coverage on our live blog. We'll also provide straw poll results as they become available Saturday night.

If you want to go to a caucus, you can find your caucus location here. will be held at . Lines are expected to form quickly, so get there early.

There is no presidential primary this year in Washington state. For details on how caucuses work, see this FAQ.

See you Saturday.

Brent Champaco March 02, 2012 at 08:52 AM
Who's going Saturday? How excited are you?
Dr. Curt Oland March 03, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I have to work all day. I wish I was there.
Brent Champaco March 03, 2012 at 08:56 PM
No problem, Doc. We'll have a recap soon.
Patricia Mannie, Patricia & Co. March 04, 2012 at 03:12 AM
We had a great caucus today with over 500 people in attendance. Thank you for covering this event for us Brent!
Dan March 04, 2012 at 04:06 AM
I attended the Republican caucus this afternoon at Curtis J.H. I was a little disappointed that, in the over two hours there, maybe 45 seconds was spent discussing the potential nominees. The remainder of the time was spent figuring out what issues we were voting for, and discussing what may or may not be on the county agenda. TRADE - yes, no or maybe... go. Huh? I've attended Democratic caucuses in the past. It's a whole different ball game. I'm not sure if anything more gets accomplished, but much of the time is spent in what seems like you're playing a game of Survivor, where you form alliances, and try to sway people to your side. It makes for some great debate. I'll be honest, I'm really not sure if anything we did today really mattered since the delegates chosen aren't really tied to any particular candidate. At least that's how it was explained to us. In my precinct they actually voted in a delegate who wasn't even there. How do we know this guy even exists? Acorn...hello? In the end, Romney will win the straw poll, and the same issues will be discussed at the county and state conventions, as they are every year, by both parties. In my opinion, caucuses are a complete waste of time, except it's good to see the neighbors together, and putting faces to the names of the local political figures who show up.
Brent Champaco March 05, 2012 at 08:48 AM
Thanks, Dan for sharing your thoughts. You provided perspective from caucuses for both parties, which is much appreciated.
Brent Champaco March 05, 2012 at 08:49 AM
No sweat, Patty! It's what us Patchers do.


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