Prior to the election, 17 news organizations considered this a state Obama would win, or otherwise considered as a safe blue state. President Obama won the state of Washington comfortably, taking 56.16% to Mitt Romney's 41.29%, a 14.87% margin of victory. The election continued the state's blue trend; Washington has not voted for a Republican since Ronald Reagan in 1984.
Results of the non-binding strawpoll by county. Orange indicates a county won by Romney, gold by Paul, dark green by Santorum.
The Republican caucuses were held on March 3, 2012, The additional preferential primary, as held since 1992, was canceled this year for budgetary reasons, as was the one in 2004. Caucus participants however did not allocate national delegates to the candidates, they did only elected delegates to the county conventions and took part in a nonbinding strawpoll. Only the state convention on May 31 – June 2, 2012 legally pledged delegates to the national convention to specific candidates.