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January 4, 2008
Wyoming Caucuses On Saturday
First, if you haven't already done so, read American Thinker's Political Director Richard Baehr's piece "The Big Winners" which not only gives an outstanding analysis of last night's results but lays out the various scenarios for upcoming primaries where the front runners will fight it out.
But even Richard doesn't mention the Wyoming Caucuses taking place this Saturday. He's not alone. The national media has completely ignored this GOP conclave that has the potential to alter the race ever so slightly before Tuesday's New Hampshire contest.
Jim Geraghty at NRO's The Campaign Spot links to this piece in the Billings Gazette that describes the stakes:
Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson spent $10,000 each to acquire a list of the names and contact information for party members who will help select the national delegates. Romney set up a state office in Casper, Cubin said. Might the Wyoming GOP give either Thompson or Romney a bit of a boost going into New Hampshire and beyond? A win in Wyoming for Romney would be big. Coming on the heels of the Iowa disappointment, it would show wavering New Hampshire voters that he has appeal in a conservative state and that the race is still wide open. And if Fred Thompson can find some way to prevail, there is the shock value of a candidate most people have given up on getting a win.
There have also been calls on behalf of candidates from national GOP figures - including Mary Matalin, a former counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney, who is supporting Thompson, the former U.S. senator from Tennessee.
"The response has been terrific," Matalin said by telephone Thursday, noting that state GOP members have been keenly interested in Thompson's stance on important national issues. "The thing about Wyoming people, they just like the straight talk. I'm not spinning anybody and not offering any pointers."
Who wins is anybody's guess, as no polls have been conducted or released. The Billings Gazette notes, "some Republican committee members say a couple of candidates - Romney and Thompson - may be rising to the top." Ron Paul has been buying newspaper ads in the state.It should be interesting to watch as developments unfold in this almost forgotten contest.