2.03.2008

Mitt Romney wins the Maine caucuses

2 weeks after his last victory in Nevada, Mitt Romney got his fourth "gold medal" today by prevailing in the Maine caucuses. To bad no one was paying attention.

Maine Republicans went to caucus sites over the past three days in a contest that was vastly overshadowed by the looming Super Tuesday and the results started trickling in tonight. With 68% reporting, Mitt Romney is ahead with 52% of allocated delegates (to the state convention, not the RNC's) to 21% for McCain and 19% for Ron Paul.

Ron Paul had paid close attention to these caucuses, and Mitt Romney had dispatched his eldest son to campaign there. (Another son is currently criss-crossing Alaska). But while John McCain stayed away from Maine, the state's elected officials -- starting with Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins -- both supported the Arizona Senator and caucused for him today.

Romney's large success in Maine could be a sign of a strong Mitt performance in states holding similar caucuses on Tuesday. Conservatives are over-represented at such contests, making caususes a more suited ground for Romney's message that he is now the true conservative in the race.

Unfortunately for Mitt, many conservatives are also choosing to vote for Mike Huckabee in February 5th states in which Romney has to do well in. And he will need to succeed in places other than Alaska and Montana come Tuesday night if he wants to derail the McCain express.

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  • "With 68% reporting, Mitt Romney is ahead with 52% of allocated delegates (to the state convention, not the RNC's) to 21% for McCain and 19% for Ron Paul."

    Romney has 52% of voters, not of allocated delegates.

    Delegate wise, Romney came first with Ron Paul second with 35% of delegates.

    Source: http://ronpaul2008.typepad.com/ron_paul_2008/2008/02/ron-paul-beats.html

    By Anonymous anon4rp, At 05 February, 2008 15:53  

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