Romney wins county straw poll

With the straw poll completed and precincts having voted on their platforms and resolutions, the entire Big Horn County GOP will gather Tuesday at the Basin City Arts Center.

Results for the all of Wyoming were not available by press time with Sweetwater County conducting its caucus and straw poll on Wednesday. In Big Horn County Mitt Romney received 70 percent of the votes, 88 of 125 cast, for the GOP presidential nomination. Ron Paul received 17.6 percent (22 votes) and Rick Santorum received 12 percent (15 votes). Newt Gingrich did not receive any votes in the county.

County GOP Chairman Dave Mattis said he was pleased with the turnout last Tuesday at the Republican caucuses in Lovell and Basin. He said about 100 people attended in Lovell, and about 32 in Basin. Not all those attending cast votes in the straw poll.

Romney, with six counties yet to have their straw poll and caucuses, was leading in Wyoming with 691 votes of 1,651 cast. Santorum is currently in second place with 519, Paul third with 317, Gingrich fourth with 115 and there were nine other or write-in votes.

Of the counties reporting results as of Monday, Romney won in Albany, Big Horn, Lincoln, Sublette, Teton, Uinta and Washakie counties. Santorum won in Campbell, Carbon, Crook, Fremont, Goshen, Hot Springs, Laramie and Natrona. Paul won in Weston and Sheridan counties.

County convention

Next up for the county Republicans is Tuesday’s county convention. The carry-in dinner will be at 6 p.m. with the convention starting at 7 p.m. Mattis said the Central Committee will meet prior to the dinner.

The convention’s main purpose, Mattis said, is to elect the 12 delegates and 12 alternates to the state convention and one national delegate to the national convention.

The county GOP delegates will also vote on the platforms and resolutions submitted from last Tuesday’s caucuses. The platforms and resolutions approved Tuesday will be submitted to the state for action at the state convention.

Mattis said all registered Republicans are encouraged to come to the dinner and convention, but only precinct delegates will be allowed to vote.

Tickets are also on sale from any precinct committee person for the Lincoln Day Dinner March 17 at the Lovell Community Center. Mattis said Governor Matt Mead will be the keynote speaker but due to the governor’s schedule he will speak at 5:30 p.m. A meet and greet will begin at 5 p.m. Dinner will begin at about 6 p.m., followed by other speeches and the auction.