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By Michelle Malkin  •  January 5, 2008 12:20 PM

Update: Romney wins.

The former Massachusetts governor won six of the first eight delegates to be selected. Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson and California Rep. Duncan Hunter won one apiece, meaning no other candidate could beat Romney. Caucuses were still being held to decide all 12 delegates at stake.

The win was a boost for Romney, coming two days after his loss to Mike Huckabee in the Iowa caucuses and three days before the first-in-the- nation primary in New Hampshire.

Update: The first GOP presidential delegate goes to…Romney: “Mitt Romney won the first delegate elected to the Republican National Convention Saturday when Albany County chose Tammy Johnson as its representative to the convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul next September. She defeated a Fred Thompson supporter and an uncommitted candidate at the county convention in Laramie. Eleven more delegates were to be elected throughout the day in other counties.”

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As I mentioned the other day, Wyoming Republicans hold their county conventions today to choose the nation’s first 12 presidential delegates. The state GOP party is coming under criticism for moving up the event to try and capitalize on the post-Iowa, pre-New Hampshire window. Few candidates and fewer national media have paid attention; the national GOP is punishing the early vote by suspending half of the state’s national conventional delegates. The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle called the process “futile.” Newsbusters underscores that the GOP wants all the voting to be wrapped up by 3pm to meet the New York Times’ filing deadline. Based on conversations with local officials, Jim Geraghty predicts “eight delegates for Romney, two delegates for Thompson, one delegate for Ron Paul, and one delegate for Duncan Hunter.” Rick Moran says the states aren’t very high, but Fred Thompson has the most to gain from a Wyoming win.

MichelleMalkin.com readers from Wyoming weighed in. Commenter Walterc wrote:

It’s only the GOP that is picking delegates this Saturday (the Dems will be picking in March I think). We have so few democrats in this area that for state and local offices the primary in August is usually the general election since the winner is generally unopposed in the general election in November.

Wyoming has 28 delegates to the national convention but since the caucuses are being held before the NH primary, the National party says they are going to disallow 14 from voting. (It may be 26 and 13 since I’ve heard those numbers bandied about too.)

Each county will pick ether a national delegate or an alternate (they alternate election years) along with delegates for the state convention in May. So half of the 28 will be chosen this Saturday and the other half will be elected at state convention in May.

Since the delegates elected in May are “at large” and the delegates elected this weekend will represent their county, the State party says that if the National party disallows some of the delegates, the delegates elected at the convention in May will be the first to be dropped.

This weekends caucuses/conventions will elect county delegates to the State convention also.

Here in Gillette (in the NE Corner) we had Duncan Hunter and one of Romney’s sons. That’s more attention than we’ve had from presidential candidates in decades.

Dick Cheney is originally from Casper, but now has a house in Jackson.

And commenter wytammic wrote:

Hi Michelle,

I actually live in WY. Interesting how the press even gets in wrong, referring to our county conventions as caucuses. Our caucuses actually took place in December. Wyoming is a convention state, and this is the first time in history that we’ve ever had a voice in presidential primary politics.

The precinct committee men and women are the only ones with a vote in most of the counties. You’d be surprised at how some of the candidates have catered to these people for their votes.

Personally, it’s been stressful and I’ll be glad when tomorrow is over.

Rep. Duncan Hunter’s wife is in Wyoming and gave Westerners a boost:

Lynne Hunter spent Thursday in Rock Springs and was headed through Rawlins and Laramie on her way to Cheyenne for convention day.

“I think Wyoming’s very important because this is where real America is,” she said. “I don’t think real America is Iowa. I don’t mean that in a mean way, but this is where the real people are, in the Western states.”

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