Romney wins Maine Caucus and CPAC Straw Poll

Results for Maine Republican Caucus (U.S. Presidential Primary)
Feb 11, 2012 (84% of precincts reporting)
Mitt Romney 2,190 39.2%
Ron Paul 1,996 35.7%
Rick Santorum 989 17.7%
Newt Gingrich 349 6.2%
Other 61 1.1%
Source: AP

Note: See this post on why the results show only 84% reporting.

Mitt Romney took 2 non-binding contests today, only one of which will lead to some delegates down the road. Maine Republicans finished a week long caucus process Saturday which culminated in Mitt Romney winning the top spot with Ron Paul punching in a close 2nd.

Report from CBS News:

Mitt Romney won the lightly-attended Maine Republican caucuses Saturday, reclaiming the momentum that he lost when Rick Santorum swept three states on Tuesday.

“I thank the voters of Maine for their support,” Romney said in a statement. “I’m committed to turning around America. And I’m heartened to have the support of so many good people in this great state.”

Romney won 39 percent of the vote, with 2,190 votes. He narrowly edged out the other candidate who seriously contested the Maine caucuses, Ron Paul, who won 36 percent of the vote with 1,996 votes.

There were 972,181 registered voters in Maine as of November 8 of last year, including 269,604 Republicans.
Paul, who is focused on small caucuses states like Maine, is the only candidate in the race who has yet to win a state. Romney and Santorum have now each won four states, while Newt Gingrich has won one.

In remarks following the announcement of Romney’s victory, Paul noted that not every caucus had taken place, saying there was one in particular that he expected to win that had yet to occur.

“It’s almost like we could call it a tie, but anyway,” said Paul.

As an annual tradition, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) holds a presidential straw poll which, in recent years, has been dominated by Ron Paul. This year was a bit different with Mitt Romney also taking the top spot, report from Fox News:

Mitt Romney won the presidential straw poll Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an unofficial endorsement from party activists that nevertheless helps the former Massachusetts governor burnish his conservative image.

The Republican presidential candidate won with 38 percent of the vote at the Washington conference, the leading annual meet-up of American conservatives. The victory breaks a two-year winning streak by Ron Paul.

The results, though, showed Rick Santorum gaining traction among party faithful. The former Pennsylvania senator, who won three primary and caucus contests on Tuesday, came in second with 31 percent.

Newt Gingrich was third with 15 percent, and Paul came in fourth with 12 percent.

Cheers broke out at the conference when the results were unveiled, a sign of the robust pro-Romney contingent in the audience. The results came in as the GOP candidates competed on the final day of the Republican caucuses in Maine — Romney was later declared the winner of that contest, narrowly edging out Paul.

This will be a needed bounce for Mitt Romney still smarting from a three-state loss this past Tuesday. Ron Paul gave a solid 2nd place showing in Maine but it will be tough for him heading into the upcoming primary states since caucuses are his strong suit.

95 comments to Romney wins Maine Caucus and CPAC Straw Poll

  • Thomas

    That’s absolutely typical how Ron Paul is treated during the whole primaries. They cut him all the time. Ask you why??? If Ron Paul get’s too much spotlight, he would be dangerous for the robot candidates and the FED. The whole thing can blast and the nation is going to vote for him. If the US citizens think a little bit about the situation of their country, they’ll wake up and support the only true candidate for President who can fix this thing. His name is Ron Paul my friends…

  • john carpenter

    Ron Paul WON the Maine Caucus and Washington county this week end will just confirm that while showing once again the GOP establishiment is filled by criminals!! Romney the front runner? Let’s be serious…

  • Mark

    This is ridiculous. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Santorum, Romney, Gingrich, or Paul. Obama MUST be defeated. It’s all about power play. Not a single candidate cares for this country. All they want is to be president. It’s a known fact that the only ticket that stands a chance of defeating “Darth Obama” is a Romney/Santorum ballot. They need to pull together and begin a campaign rather than drag this thing out.

    • Billy Malone

      This is ridiculous. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Santorum, Romney, or Gingrich, . Obama MUST be defeated.

      Why settle for a look-alike when you can have the real thing? (the above are all the same)

    • john carpenter

      ‘Obama MUST be defeated’ – NO, he MUST NOT, this is not the priority AT ALL!

      ‘Not a single candidate cares for this country’ – what are u talking about????

      ‘Romney/Santorum ballot’ – what a nightmarish ballot, shame on you for even thinking about it!

      It’s all about Ron Paul and YOU KNOW IT!

  • smh

    WE KNOW VOTER FRAUD HAPPENED IN MAINE! The people are awakening to the fact that the voter system in the USA is rigged. smh

    • john carpenter

      So awesome, thanxs for this link, the Maine winner is yet to be determined! I think Paul really deserves to win this state for what it has been done against him…

      • Surfisher

        It is estimated that nearly 500,000,000 as of 2010 — about 1/2 billion — NEGATIVE Laws are on the books, meaning: “You, the US Citizen, cannot do 1/2 billion things, because we, the Government, have deemed such actions to be contrary to your well-being.”

        In other words: “If you don’t do what we think is for YOUR OWN GOOD, we have approved 1/2 billion ways to punish you!”

        More Laws (about 500,000,000) telling individuals what NOT to DO, than the total count of all the US Citizens alive (about 312,000,000)!

        The Arrogance of Office is best displayed by this pernicious Sophism: “Ignorance of the Law is no excuse”.

        No sane person can expect an individual to memorize all the names of the 312 million US Citizens — but same individual is expected to know the EXACTITUDE of ALL 1/2 billion LAWS (or be penalized for the IGNORANCE)?!

        Only Ron Paul has questioned this EVER increasing “Law” passing — the rest are mute (seems they lack the education to comprehend the truth the Great Roman Statesman Cicero stated: ‘The MORE Laws in a Nation, the LESS Justice for the Citizens’ — nearly 2000 years later, Cicero’s warning rings true: *More Laws = Less Liberty*)!

        No wonder the main media is doing their best to black-out Ron Paul — Truth is Bane for Big Brother wannabees.

        • Billy Malone

          If you need a license, permit, or a certificate from a government agency it is no longer a right, it is a privilege. Thus Americans may be to most privileged people on the planet but they have few if any rights.

          • Surfisher

            Billy Malone — astute observation.

            The trick was to blur the distinction btw rights and privileges, until nearly all rights were transferred under the heading: privilege. And since privileges are not protected under constitutional law, we, de facto lost our rights!

    • smh

      thanks 4 da link..:)

  • Surfisher

    How to Chop Down the Tree of Liberty and Succeed: A Politician’s Handbook (One branch at a time, for as long as it takes).

    At the beginning, the Citizens had the Freedom to walk all paths. Then Government decided that some paths are not good for the people, so closed off a few paths. Now, the People had Freedom to walk a few less paths. Encouraged by this, the Government passed even more laws telling the People what other things they cannot do (because it is for their own good). Pleased with the outcome — the Citizens’ obedience — the Government went into the full-time business of Manufacturing Laws (rules, regulations).

    Since Politicians produce nothing of intrinsic value — they found their calling in writing stuff on paper, telling people what not to do (“for their own good” of-course).

    As of 2010, it is estimated that there are about 1/2 Billion Negative Laws/rules/regulations on the Books telling the People what they CANNOT DO upon threat of punishment (that’s more Laws than there are US Citizens)!

    Headlines at end of 2011 read: 40,000 New Laws in effect for 2012. Translation — 40,000 more paths each Citizen has lost the Liberty to walk. See how nicely this is working out for them:


    Are the Citizens this blind, not to see the end result — the eventual straight-and-narrow path Government wants to dictate its Subjects to walk….

  • Brower

    The republican party needs to realize that there are many of us that feel the system is rigged and they do not respect Ron Paul. I know myself and many others are voting either constitution party or for Obama to assure that the republicans do not win this next election. We hate parties, we like freedom and neither of the two parties offer that.


    • Billy Malone

      Maybe so but my money is on Obama because the vast majority of voters want pork, pork on credit that is.

    • Surfisher

      FOX aired this show: “Illegal Everything” — well worth watching!

      Shows how Americans are “breaking” the law daily, without knowing it, because of the hundreds of millions of rules and regulations. And how cops are using this as an excuse to arrest anybody for just about anything!

      View it at the link below:

  • Liberal Mainer

    If you watch FOX and think it is the truth then you are a hurting unit. I suggest Jon Stuart on The Daily Show. There is a prophet for you!