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Published on Mar 3, 2012
Washington state holds its caucus on Saturday, and it will mark the last chance for a candidate to claim a victory heading into Super Tuesday on March 6.
Washington is proceeding with its voting contests differently this year. In 2008 Washington split presidential voting contests and awarded half of its delegates through a caucus and half through a primary. This year, Washington canceled its primary altogether as part of its budget cuts, opting to hold only a caucus, which will be run by the state Republican party rather than the state government.
In Washington, voters do not register by state party, so the caucus is open to all registered voters. In 2008, turnout was relatively strong for the primary — 529,932 votes were cast, 11 percent of the eligible voting population.