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VIDEO: Ron Paul greets rabid followers in WA
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul made a campaign stop in King County on Feb. 16 as part of a three-city visit in Washington state.
A couple thousand supporters packed the Doubletree Hotel in Seatac to hear the candidate's views on the economy and individual freedom. Paul, who serves in the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas, has attracted a devoted following — especially among Libertarians, young Republicans and the military. The 76-year-old Congressman spoke at a rally earlier Thursday in Vancouver, WA, along with a town hall meeting Friday morning in the Tri-Cities.
Supporters flocked from all parts of the state to attend the King County rally, which urged voters to participate in Washington's caucuses on March 3. Paul had a strong showing at the 2008 caucuses, finishing behind then-candidates John McCain and Mike Huckabee in delegates.
Click here to watch a video from the King County rally. The video includes feedback from supporters who attended, along with a few of Paul's talking points.
HOW A CAUCUS WORKS:
Residents from each precinct gather at their respective tables at a district caucus location. Residents discuss their preferences on candidates.
The overall goal is for each precincts participants to pick two or more delegates to vote on behalf of the group at the District 30 convention. The caucus allows participants to sway fellow precinct voters to support their candidate. Voters can also remain uncommitted.
At the district convention, the number of delegates is narrowed down. The process continues at the county and state levels. In the end, those delegates participate in the national nomination process.