Romney wins Maine Republican caucuses

Portland, Maine Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:38pm EST

1 of 3. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks at a town hall meeting campaign stop in Portland, Maine February 10, 2012.

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Portland, Maine (Reuters) - Republican front-runner Mitt Romney bounced back from midweek losses in three states to win the Maine presidential caucuses, the state's Republican Party announced on Saturday.

With 95 percent of the vote counted, results of the non-binding straw poll showed the former Massachusetts governor with 39 percent, just ahead of libertarian Texas Congressman Ron Paul with 36 percent.

The outcome was a comeback for Romney, who unexpectedly lost to former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado on Tuesday.

Romney visited Maine on Friday and Saturday to meet voters and help energize the get-out-the-vote drive. Earlier on Saturday he won a key straw poll of conservative activists.

(Reporting by Ros Krasny, Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Comments (33)
SanPa wrote:
One Obama on the ballot should be enough, especially when its the real McCoy. ME is a fine state, but the primary will be a meaningless assessment of GOP acceptance of Romney.

Feb 11, 2012 2:08am EST  --  Report as abuse
Since Maine, like Iowa and New Hampshire, are not important states, lacking population and a representative population at that, it will be of no use to Romney.

Feb 11, 2012 2:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
FoxxDrake wrote:
Can’t wait until this farce ends. Romney will never be president, less so in this economic climate. Obama will be reelected. What concerns me more is Obama’s “lack of domestic political spine.” He needs to get rid of Biden and the other advisers that constantly tell him to “compromise.”

The catholic church contraception bro-ha-ha is a perfect case in point. 98% of Catholic women use contraception. “F” the bishops who would like nothing better than to make a big deal of this to deflect from their boy-rape scandals. They have no credibility and no business in the bedroom. Period. I’m both catholic and active in my church. Think I don’t want condoms from my health insurance company? Think I care what the old conservative bishops think?

Think again.

My fear is that Obama’s proto-spine will de-evolve back to his jelly fish state and we’ll get another 4 years of va-ja-ja.

Feb 11, 2012 2:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
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