From caucuses to convention, a path to nomination
March 6, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
Caucusgoers throughout Washington gathered March 3 in the initial step to select delegates to the Republican National Convention.
Republicans gathered at community centers, schools and other public places March 3 to participate in a nonbinding straw poll and elect delegates to legislative district caucuses.
Legislative district caucuses
Because King County is so large, Republicans select a smaller group of delegates to the King County convention at legislative district caucuses. Republicans in the 5th Legislative District — the district encompassing most Issaquah neighborhoods — plan to hold legislative district caucuses March 31 in Maple Valley.
Delegates elected at the legislative district caucuses then participate in the King County GOP convention April 28. The event determines the local delegates to the state Republican convention.
Gathered in Tacoma from May 30 to June 2, Republicans intend to select 40 of the state’s 43 delegates to the national convention. State GOP Chairman Kirby Wilbur and two other state party leaders complete the delegate lineup.
Republicans plan to nominate a challenger to President Barack Obama in late August at the Republican National Convention. The convention runs from Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.