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Update 11 p.m.: With more than 95 percent of the precincts reporting Saturday night, Romney collected 38 percent of the vote in the presidential straw poll, with Ron Paul just edging out Rick Santorum for second place with about 25 percent. Newt Gingrich trailed at 10 percent. read more

Original post: Mitt Romney leads in the first batch of results from Washington’s Republican caucuses.

The results, from 15 smaller counties, had Romney ahead with 31.5 percent of support in the presidential straw poll. Ron Paul was in second place with 26.9 percent.

They were followed by Rick Santorum with 24.4 percent and Newt Gingrich with 12.9 percent.

The numbers were released by state Republican Party officials in Bellevue.

More results from the state’s larger counties are expected later Saturday afternoon.