Local GOP presidential caucus sees big turnout

(Sarah Pridgeon photo) Roger Connett addresses assembled attendees at Saturday’s precinct caucus in the courthouse basement.
(Sarah Pridgeon photo) Roger Connett addresses assembled attendees at Saturday’s precinct caucus in the courthouse basement.

By Sarah Pridgeon

With a headcount that reached 166, the Crook County Republican Party enjoyed its biggest ever turnout on Saturday for a precinct caucus, says Chairman Roger Connett. This, he says, compares favorably to the estimated 50 people who caucused that same morning in more densely populated Campbell County.

“I felt really good about the turnout. It just shows that our precinct committeemen and committeewomen really did a good job of talking to people in their precincts and encouraging them to come,” says Connett.

“It shows that there’s a lot of interest in what’s going on, and that’s what makes the process work – the more people that are involved, the better the results.”

The goal of the caucus was to elect two delegates from each precinct in Crook County to represent that precinct at the upcoming County Convention on March 12.
“It was representation for each of the precincts, [although] obviously some had more than others,” says Connett.

“There was somebody there from every precinct.”

Thanks to the great turnout, he continues, nominees were successfully selected for every precinct. At that stage, nominees will be selected to continue onwards to the state convention in April.

“We will nominate ten delegates from Crook County to the state convention and they will represent the county. We will also finalize the county platform and resolutions,” he says.

“The delegates to the state…can declare who they would vote for at the state or they can go as undeclared. Then once they get to the state, they’ve got to declare.”

Overall, the caucus process is intended to gauge which of the presidential candidates Crook County’s voters would like to support. At this stage, however, there is no official word on which candidate is leading the pack.

“Some precincts did a straw poll, some did not, so there is nothing official,” Connett says.