It took a whole month of meetings and voting, but while everyone was sleeping/obsessing over Michigan, Mitt Romney quietly won the Wyoming caucus. Republicans across the state had the entire month of February to hold their caucus meetings, but after the last county held their gathering on Wednesday, Romney was declared the statewide winner with 39% of the votes. Rick Santorum was second at 33 percent, followed by Ron Paul (20 percent) and Newt Gingrich (8 percent) in a distant fourth.
However, like in Michigan, the victory is more symbolic than strategic. By CNN's count, Romney will pick up 10 delegates to the GOP convention, while Santorum will get nine, but none of those results are binding anyway. The county and state conventions will actually pick the delegates to go to Tampa, and they aren't required to vote for anyone either. Also, only 2,100 people even bothered to vote last month and neither candidate put much effort into campaigning there, so the results mean almost nothing beyond the headline.
You can choose to believe that Romney winning streak is building to its logical conclusion or stick with the continuing narrative that this nomination will not be decided at the polls. As long as delegates continue to be divided fairly evenly between the two front runners — and Paul and Gingrich refuse to drop out — it's going to be difficult for anyone to bring this to an end, short of a massive sweep on Super Tuesday.
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