Washington is an important stop on the road to Super Tuesday this year

After narrow victories in Arizona and Michigan, Mitt Romney seems to have regained some ground going into Tuesday’s primary in Washington State. Washington’s Republican caucus has 43 delegates at stake and for the first time in many years the race is so tight that all four candidates are taking a real interest in campaigning in the state.

As the voting in Washington is probably the last before Super Tuesday with 10 states and 419 delegates up for grabs, a victory here will add tremendous confidence and momentum in the race for the nomination.  Though just a few weeks ago it appeared that Rick Santorum was cruising to an easy win, with a Public Policy Poll showing him with an impressive 11point lead over Mr. Romney, this has since changed and it now appears that Mr. Romney has a slim lead over Mr.Santorum.

It also appears that Mr. Romney has the backing of the Republican establishment in Washington, which is a blue state with no registration by party, and where the Republican Party is not very strong and where Mr. Romney’s record as governor and his business background will stand him in good stead. On the other hand the conservative base that turns out in large numbers in a caucus looks suspiciously upon Mr. Romney’s moderate leanings and is quite unsure whether he is conservative enough to represent their values.

Mr. Gingrich has focused his campaign on being anti-Obama and has tried to paint Mr. Romney as another Obama, someone too moderate to be considered in any way different than the President who is a Democrat. While Rom Paul who has historically chosen to concentrate more on Caucus states like Washington has the best organization in the state. His message is that the other three contenders are all cut from the same cloth and are Washington insiders, while he with his focus on small government and individual freedom is the right choice. Mr. Romney super PAC is focused more on the primaries in Ohio and other Super Tuesday states.

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