We won 21% (of the preference poll) in precincts where it wouldn't hurt us to be obvious for Ron Paul, or where those who showed up were likely more socially bold enough to either hold their own or build bridges. However, much of the uncommitted vote is ours because some volunteers and staff were telling them to go undeclared if they were unsure or weren't the type to haggle.
how do I know this?? I was intimately involved in all levels of play. We flat out won Spokane and Vancouver and many places we didn't even have meetups! We won tons precincts we weren't expecting to.
But it wasn't easy. Caucuses where we were only expecting a few people to show up had 10, 20, even 30 or more people. And most of the sheeple were out for McCain . In other areas, a whole (very large) family or two would storm a caucus for Huckster.
Our opponents were out in force. We stormed the fucker nonetheless. My estimate us that we have OVER 50% of the delegates. Some are saying as much as 70, but that's pushing it.
About slow vote counting - the problem was turnout. Turnout was far greater than expected. My district leader was expecting to be up much of the evening with his team calculating the results. Later that evening, one county's GOP chair was burning the midnight oil all by himself at his hq tallying results as they came in. He only started after the platform committee meeting. For the most part, WA seems to have solid and fair GOP reps. Some hate us, but they seem honest.
The greatest story of the night - One precinct, which was allotted one delegate to the county convention, had 23 McCain supporters show up, 1 Huckabee, 1 Romney and 1 Paul. The Paul supporter came away with the delegate!
We were organized! The campaign and some hardcore volunteers put together a great (last minute) system of receiving results and were very happy with the returns. Other key volunteers and staff in recent days held several HUGE caucus training events to prepare supporters for what was to come. Many of us knew more about what was happening than our PCO's!
All in all, it was a great result. Yes, it's a shame that we didn't win the media contest- the preference poll - but we'll be putting pressure on staff to get a press release out IMMEDIATELY, as soon as they can be reasonably sure of our total.
There is nothing to complain about here. We have won our first state!