Routt County Democratic Precinct Committee person Marlyn Myers, top right in blue turtleneck, explains the straw polling process to caucus-goers at Steamboat Springs High School on Tuesday night.

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Routt County Democratic Precinct Committee person Marlyn Myers, top right in blue turtleneck, explains the straw polling process to caucus-goers at Steamboat Springs High School on Tuesday night.

Obama cruises to Routt County win

McCain, Romney close in Republican caucus

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— Local Democrats threw their weight behind presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama during tonight's precinct caucuses. With limited returns available, local Republicans appear split between candidates Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

More than 550 registered Democrats turned out for Routt County's version of Super Tuesday - more than five times the number that turned out for caucuses in the 2004 presidential election.

With all but the two Hayden precincts reporting, 410 Democrats supported Obama, 136 voted for Sen. Hillary Clinton, and nine were uncommitted.

With most of the city of Steamboat Springs' precincts reporting their results, 29 Republicans supported McCain, 24 voted for Romney, four backed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and three cast votes for Ron Paul.

Stay tuned to steamboatpilot.com for more updates as they become available.

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