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Romney bests rivals at Wyoming GOP caucuses

January 06, 2008|From the Associated Press

CASPER, WYO. — Mitt Romney captured his first victory of the Republican presidential race on Saturday, prevailing in Wyoming caucuses for a much-needed boost to his candidacy.

"This is just the beginning," he said.

The former Massachusetts governor won eight delegates, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson got three and Rep. Duncan Hunter of Alpine won one.

"The people of Wyoming took the first step towards bringing true conservative change to Washington," Romney said in a statement. "I am honored to have won many of the first delegates awarded this primary season."

His victory comes two days after his loss to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in the Iowa caucuses and three days before the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire. Wyoming scheduled its GOP county conventions earlier to attract candidates to the state but had only modest results.

Besides the 12 delegates chosen Saturday, two delegates chosen at a state convention in May will also be sent to the national convention in Minneapolis.

Wyoming Democrats hold their caucuses March 8.

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