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150,000 preregister for Democratic caucuses

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Party officials say more than 150,000 people have preregistered for Washington state's Democratic caucuses as of Saturday morning. Party officials say more than 150,000 people have preregistered for Washington state's Democratic caucuses as of Saturday morning.
OLYMPIA, Wash. -

The Latest on the Washington state Democratic caucuses (all times local):
    
8:25 a.m.
    
Party officials say more than 150,000 people have preregistered for Washington state's Democratic caucuses as of Saturday morning.
    
Party spokesman Jamal Raad also says that about 35,000 people voted in advance due to conflicts with work schedules, religious observances, illnesses, disabilities or military service.
    
The party had a record 250,000 people turn out for the caucuses in 2008, when President Barack Obama beat Hillary Clinton. Clinton faces Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 caucuses. Results are expected Saturday afternoon.
    
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7:55 a.m.
    
Results from the Washington state Democratic caucuses are expected sometime Saturday afternoon.
    
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are vying to be their party's presidential nominee. There are about 7,000 precincts statewide for the caucuses and each location - ranging from schools to churches to community centers - will have anywhere from five to 20 precincts at their site.
    
Caucuses start at 10 a.m. and usually take no longer than two hours. After the precincts gather and a captain is selected, the first tally of support is counted and announced. Caucus goers are then able to try and convince undecided voters or to sway others to their candidate of choice before a second tally is counted. The results of that second tally are used to allot delegates to each candidate, and each group of caucus goers choose the delegates to move on to the county and legislative district caucuses.
    
Washington has 118 delegates at stake, with 101 that will ultimately be awarded proportionally based on the results of Saturday's caucuses.
    
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7:01 a.m.
    
Democrats in Washington state are set to caucus in support of either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders as their party's presidential nominee.
    
Washington has 118 delegates at stake, with 101 that will ultimately be awarded proportionally based on the results of Saturday's caucuses. The remaining 17 are technically unpledged party and elected leaders, though a majority of them - including Gov. Jay Inslee and the state's congressional delegation - have already said they support the front-runner Clinton.
    
Saturday's gatherings will elect 27,170 delegates, proportionally allocated to each candidate. Those delegates will move on to the county and legislative district caucuses before being winnowed down at the congressional district caucuses and the state convention. Ultimately 101 delegates will be selected to go to the national convention.
    
Both candidates held rallies in the state the past week.

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