Heather Duncan of Benton City hoped to be elected a delegate at Saturday’s Republican caucuses in Kennewick so she could go on and represent her community at GOP county and state conventions.

But Duncan and an estimated 1,500 other people who showed up at the Three Rivers Convention Center hoping to participate were told at about 10:30 a.m. — some after standing in line for 90 minutes — that they wouldn’t be allowed in.

“I had planned support for Ron Paul” in the straw poll, Duncan told the Herald. “But my bigger issue is I would have been a delegate for my community. There’s a whole piece of the county that has no representation going forward.”