CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The latest on Wyoming’s Republican precinct caucuses (all times local):
The precinct caucuses in Wyoming’s largest county have ended after drawing nearly 800 people, more than double what Republican leaders expected.
Some in the standing-room only crowd at Laramie County Community College Tuesday night sported Ted Cruz buttons and stickers. Others spoke highly of Marco Rubio.
But Donald Trump, who had a strong showing in other Super Tuesday states, didn’t appear to have deep support in Laramie County.
Cattle rancher Ed Prosser says he backs Rubio because he is a first-term senator who isn’t part of the establishment.
Another caucus-goer, Irene Bales, says she supports Cruz because he has followed through on promises, such as his opposition to President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act
Turnout is heavy at Republican precinct caucuses in Cheyenne.
Participants lined up outside and inside Laramie County Community College more than an hour before caucusing began Tuesday. After that, it was standing room only inside the main caucusing room.
Party officials say turnout is easily a few hundred and much higher than four years ago.
The crowds delayed the start of caucusing by 45 minutes. People continued to stream inside after proceedings began.
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is concerned about some of the tactics and language used by Donald Trump.
Mead hasn’t endorsed anyone yet. He says national security, the economy, jobs and the energy industry are his top issues. He says another criterion is who can beat Hillary Clinton if she’s the Democratic nominee.
Mead says Trump has touched on some important issues. But the governor says he doesn’t like it when candidates talk about their opponents in terms of their physical characteristics.
Mead also says any comment that puts one group of people against another isn’t the way to go.
He says he and other people he’s talked to have concerns about “ill-considered comments” Trump has made.
Interest in the presidential race is running high in Wyoming based on reports out of Fremont County.
Republicans in Fremont County held their precinct caucuses Monday night. Fremont County GOP Vice Chairman Walter Olson said Tuesday turnout in several precincts was higher than ever.
Olson says it’s hard to tell whether Donald Trump, Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz has the most support in Fremont County. But he says there were some good discussions about the candidates.
Olson is a retired college professor who supports Cruz. He says Trump’s language and demeanor aren’t presidential and Rubio is too inexperienced.
Fremont County’s Republicans caucused in four locations - Riverton, Lander, Lysite and Dubois - to cut down on driving time in Wyoming’s second-largest county.
Participants in Wyoming’s final series of Republican precinct caucuses Tuesday say they’re looking for the best candidate to repeal federal regulations on fossil fuels.
Precinct caucuses involve lively debating over presidential candidates. Even so, this year’s won’t provide a clear look at which Republican presidential candidate has the lead.
The precinct caucuses only choose delegates to Wyoming’s upcoming Republican county conventions. The county conventions are where Republicans will pick 12 delegates to their national convention this summer.
The Wyoming Republican Party has promised the national party not to collect presidential results before the county conventions March 12. The state GOP will select 14 more national delegates at its April state convention in Casper.
Wyoming Democrats begin their process of choosing national delegates next month.
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