Benton County, Wash. Republican Caucus Turns Away Hundreds


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KENNEWICK, Wash. – Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won Saturday's GOP presidential caucuses in Washington. But party organizers had to turn some people away. That was the scene at the Benton County caucuses in Kennewick.

At the Three Rivers Convention Center thousands of people pressed in lines to register and find their table for the straw poll. But there were too few check-in computers and that created a bottleneck for the swelling crowd.

Volunteer organizers tried their best to shut down the registration a bit after 10 a.m. according to state party rules.

Many in the crowd were angry at organizers. Kim Holdiman is a frustrated Republican from Kennewick.

“We were here early enough, and you don’t allow us to vote and make our voice heard," Holdiman says. "That’s wrong.”

Washington’s GOP straw poll is non-binding, but it’s the last party vote before Super Tuesday.

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