'Big Mo' At Stake in Washington Primary

By Darren Reynolds | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

Seattle, WA (CNSNews.com) - A typically "ho-hum" presidential primary in the state of Washington is taking on extra significance on Tuesday as hopefuls Bill Bradley and John McCain look to pick up steam for their campaigns.

Bradley, who spent the last six days in the state visiting schools, special interest groups and media outlets looking for support,
stopped short of calling this a "do-or die" primary.

"I won't quit if I don't win Washington and Virginia. I have enough money to continue until at least March 7th, Bradley said.

On March 7th, dubbed "Super Tuesday," eleven states, including California and New York, will hold their primaries.

Bradley admits that winning Washington State would "send a message", but he doesn't expect to claim the state over Vice President Al Gore.

In fact, no Democrat delegates are being selected by the primary in Washington state. They will be finalized in the state's caucus on Tuesday, March 7th.

For the Republicans, the winner of the primary ends up with 12 of the available 37 delegates. The remaining 25 will be handed out in next week's caucus.

All four of the front-runners made stops throughout the state over the last several days.

Bradley spent the longest amount of time in Washington, but McCain made the most visits - two - sandwiched between trips to California and Virginia.

McCain is looking for an outcome similar to the victories a week ago over Republican opponent George W Bush in Arizona and Michigan.

McCain has been criticized in the past for not being able to secure the Republican vote, and there could be more evidence of that as Washington State voters can select from an unaffiliated ballot.

Polls within the state conducted just days before the primary indicate Bush and Gore will be victorious.

Turnout for the primary is estimated to be about one-third of the state's registered voters, which is a little higher than forecasted.