Saturday, February 11, 2012

Romney Narrowly Wins Maine; Ron Paul Misses Victory by Less Than 200 Votes

Mitt Romney
This is what counts as a big victory for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney...a 194 vote victory in the Maine caucus over Ron Paul. 

Romney edged out Paul 39% to 36%, 2,190 votes to 1,996, with 5% of the vote stubbornly still out.  Rick Santorum finished third with 18% and Newt Gingrich finished last with 6%.

Delegates are allocated proportionally in Maine, including by congressional district.  Maine only has 14 delegates and it is expected that they will be split fairly evenly between Romney and Paul.  Santorum may also get a delegate or two.

In 2008, Romney won Maine with over 50% of the vote.  Romney's raw vote total dropped some 700 votes from 2008 to 2012, while Paul's more than doubled.


Gary R. Welsh said...

It looks like this vote was rigged to keep Paul from winning. Did you catch that there were some areas where Paul had strong support where the vote wasn't taken yesterday? Those areas will vote later so it really can't be determined who won the beauty contest until some later date when it probably won't matter. Sort of like the way Romney was declared the winner of the Iowa caucus only to learn later that Santorum actually won it. This entire nominating process stinks.

artfuggins said...

All of this to be the captain of the Titanic!