Mitt Romney has won the Wyoming caucuses, which have been taking place in a rolling basis throughout last month, according to CNN’s projections.
Based on results compiled and released by the Wyoming Republican Party, Romney won 39% of the votes cast in straw polls conducted at county-level caucuses through Tuesday.
Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania came in second with 33% of the straw-poll vote, followed by U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas with 20% and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with 8%.
This is a small victory in a contest that almost no one was paying attention to, but any win is still good news for the Romney campaign. It is another state highlight for Romney on election maps. It also means that for another day in the important final run up to Super Tuesday next week the media will be saying positive things about Romney. It should at least help Romney build off the momentum he currently has from his wins in Arizona and Michigan on Tuesday.
While there is no entrance polling from the Wyoming caucuses, I suspect the Mormon factor was, in part, responsible for Romney pulling off his narrow win in this state. Roughly 11 percent of the population of Wyoming are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, making it the third most Mormon state in the country. If in Wyoming the Mormons turned out and voted for Romney in similar percentages as they had in previously contests, the LDS vote would easily be responsible for a very large share of Romney’s total vote.
Update – You can find the full results at the Wyoming GOP page. Romney 38.99%, Santorum 31.93%, Ron Paul 20.83%, Newt Gingrich 7.83%. Overall turnout was only 2,108 people.