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Washington primary part of GOP process, popularity poll for Dems

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Associated Press - February 19, 2008 10:25 AM ET

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Much of the vote is already in for today's primary in Washington. Election officials should be able to announce results tonight.

All but King and Pierce counties are voting entirely by mail, and most voters in those two counties use mail-in absentee ballots, although polls will be open until 8 p.m.

For Democrats, today's $10 million Washington primary is a popularity contest. The party is using the Feb. 9 caucuses to assign all delegates. Barack Obama has a 2-1 advantage over Hillary Clinton.

Republicans used the caucuses to determine about half their delegates. John McCain edged out Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul. The rest are being decided through today's primary.

The Washington ballot lists eight Democrats and eight Republicans. That's who was campaigning as of the state's Dec. 28 deadline for certifying names for the ballot.

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