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Published March 07, 2012, 10:02 AM

ND GOP caucus turnout sets new high

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The turnout for North Dakota's Republican presidential caucuses set a new high.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The turnout for North Dakota's Republican presidential caucuses set a new high.

The Republican Party says 11,349 people voted in Tuesday's caucuses.

That's 16 percent more than four years ago. That year, 9,785 North Dakotans voted in the Republican caucuses.

North Dakota Republican vice chairman Jim Poolman says the caucuses are useful for party building.

The Republican Party uses the caucuses to help build its list of sympathetic voters. Poolman says he hopes caucus participants will vote for the GOP in the fall. He says they're a potential source of volunteers and campaign donations.

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