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Experts examine importance of Washington's caucus

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PASCO, Wash. -- The campaign for the GOP nomination is something like a chess match.

The fight is viewed as a two person race between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum by some political experts.

Because Washington will make choices via a caucus system this year instead of a statewide primary, many political observers feel the decision will be made by a small group.

The former Pennsylvania Senator is the last to visit the Tri-Cities, political observer Gary Bullert says his timing is actually looking ahead to next week.

"I think he's coming here specifically to try to position himself in a favorable way for Super Tuesday," says Bullert.

The state's caucus is the last before the important Super Tuesday caucus and primaries. Bullert says a strong showing here could influence voters in other states.

Washington has 43 delegates, which he says makes the state a prize for the candidates.