Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney did very well in last night’s Idaho caucuses. Unlike a bunch of other states that were close contests between him and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Idaho delivered big for its preferred candidate. Romney won 31 of Idaho’s 44 county caucuses. Santorum won seven and Representative Ron Paul six. Romney will get all of Idaho’s 32 delegates.
It was a big win far different from what happened in most other states on the same night, where Romney won some and Santorum won some, but neither, generally, by huge margins.
This brought to mind the Idaho caucus contest of 2008 – the Democratic (Idaho Republicans then, remember, voted in the primary). In that case, the contest nationally at the time was a fairly close battle between Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Idaho gave Obama one of his biggest state wins anywhere en route to the nomination: 79.5%, winning 44 of the 45 county caucuses (Ada was split), and 15 of the state’s 18 delegates.
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