|President - GOP Primary|
|Washington - 4102 of 7150 Precincts Reporting - 57%|
|McCain , John||GOP||187,051||49%|
|Huckabee , Mike||GOP||82,253||22%|
Voting in Tuesday's presidential primary anticlimax, Washingtonians tightened Sen. John McCain's grip on the Republican nomination and appeared in initial returns to give Sen. Barack Obama a meaningless encore to his previous Democratic caucus win.Howie P.S. It may be a "meaningless encore," but the results will probably dampen any pressure on the Clinton superdelegates here to switch to Obama. Joel Connelly says "McCain held to different standard by media." I think he means that McCain slapped a "Straight Talk Express" sign on his bus and the press immediately started reporting that he was a real "straight-talker."
In the primary, much of the voters' passion was stirred not by the candidates but by the requirement that every voter sign an oath declaring himself or herself a Republican or a Democrat. Washington is one of few states that doesn't require voter registration by party, and its voters are notoriously hostile to being required to identify with one party or another.