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Washington Counties trying to organize March 3rd caucuses

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Because of its $10 million dollar price tag, 2012 will be the first time since 1984 Washington state is not having a presidential primary due to budget problems.  The Evergreen state will instead have caucuses all across Washington on March 3rd.

The one in Benton County will happen at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. There will also be one at the Barn in Prosser.. Franklin County has yet to choose the place for it's location, and Yakima County has a list of about ten places. Republicans interested in picking the GOP nominee are encouraged to attend.

The head of the Republican Party for Benton County, Tony Benegas, says it's very important for Republicans to get involved and only a hundred thousand usually do, not much of a representation of the 6.7 million residents in the state.

"Show up and at that point we'll say, sign a note that you are a Republican. We will provide directions and you can sit down with your neighbors. and of course the primary thing is who is your presidential nominee preference," says Benegas.

The candidate chosen at each caucus will be submitted to the state party.