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Romney wins Wyoming GOP caucuses

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(CNN) -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the Wyoming Republican caucus on Saturday.

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Mitt Romney will win the Wyoming Republican caucuses, CNN projects.

Romney won eight of Wyoming's 14 delegates, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson won three delegates, and California Rep. Duncan Hunter won one.

The state's two other delegates will be allocated at the GOP state convention in May.

"Today's results are evidence that Americans want change, and our message of strengthening America through strengthening our economy, our military and our families is resonating with voters," Romney said in a statement.

Wyoming's Republican contest comes two days after the Iowa caucuses and three days before the New Hampshire primary.

The early date of the Wyoming GOP county conventions was intended to draw candidates' attention to the state, but has had only modest results.

Republican hopefuls Romney, Hunter, Fred Thompson and Ron Paul all stopped by the state -- visits they probably wouldn't have made except for this year's early conventions -- and candidates have sent Wyoming's GOP voters a flood of campaign mail.

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The traditional leadoff nomination contests in Iowa and New Hampshire have dominated the attention of both candidates and the national media in recent months, and no candidates visited Wyoming in the four weeks leading up to the caucuses.

Hunter was the last to visit the state on December 4. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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