(CNN) - Republican Mitt Romney had an early lead in Maine's GOP caucuses as the first returns were counted Saturday, with the state party reporting unusually heavy turnout.
The former Massachusetts governor had 52 percent of the vote with 68 percent of caucuses reporting their final tally. John McCain followed with 21 percent, Ron Paul with 19 percent, and Mike Huckabee with 6 percent.
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The non-binding votes are the first step toward electing 18 Maine delegates to the party's national convention this August.
Republican caucuses were being held between Friday and Sunday, with most on Saturday. The state's Democrats will hold their presidential preference votes at caucuses on February 10.
(Results updated 9:34 p.m. ET)
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I'm sure Ron Paul has more votes. I noticed here in Florida all the old people are in charge of voting at the churches. What makes the elderly think they can properly maintain the integrity of electronic computers is beyond me. Perhaps that is the plan behind those rigging this.
Why isn't the headline ever "Obama takes shots at Clinton"? He seems to be able to say anything he wants and the media lets him get away with it and he comes out smelling like a rose every time. His low blows and negative e-mail campaign from he and his his staff cost him my vote just recently. Oh lets not forget that guy in jail. Ok so Obama gave back the money but what was that about the guy being involved with Obama's house. The media dropped that one too. Green Day had it right, "Idiot America, One Nation Controlled By The Media".
upset american and chris, stay upset all you want and be negative too, Romney is the right person for the presidentcy in this country.
This will help Romney's momentum that the media has gifted to McCain because he barely lied his way out of Florida. If voters are able to dig up info on this media-neglected Maine caucus, they should see that McCain doesn't fit with the Republicans and that intelligent people (Maine) can see that. Romney is going to need to help of Huckabee and Ron Paul voters, though. A vote for anyone besides Romney, is basically a vote for McCain.
Mcain has never worked a day in his life. Always on the gov't payroll. Then there is Billery who found out how cushy the white house was. If you want to vote for them, move you retirement plan to cash if you want anything left. Mitt has a good business head and is not a part of the good ol' boy club. That's why all the endorsements from the D C boys.
MCCAIN = AMNESTY
Romney gets my vote!
A vote for Huck and Paul is a vote for Macain. Romney would have had more delegates had they not been in.
In the future don't waste your vote on those 2 if you want Romney. They are selfish by staying in as they know they don't have a chance in Heck to get the nomination and are killing the replicans.
Its getting a little late to be whining about McCain.
Stand by Romney!!!!
I am a independent voter in NC. I am glad to see that Romney is picking up steam. The economy is most important to me, and I believe Romney is the best person to get this sinking ship turned around.
IVE ONLY VOTED REPULICAN ONE TIME GEORGE SENIOR. BUT ROMNEY IS THE MAN TO GET THIS COUNTRY OUT OF THIS MESS / HE IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE THAT WILL NOT BOW TO THE DEMOCRATS TO GIVE 12 TO 20 MILLIONS ILLEGALS TAKING OUR JOBS AND CHANGING OUR CULTURE. WAKE UP AMERICA A VOTE FOR HUCKABBY OR PAUL IS A VOTE FOR MCCAIN
I remember an expression long time ago. Maybe I'm dating myself but didn' we used to say: "As Maine goes, so goes the nation." ?
If it wasn't for the media wanting Romney out and their beloved faux-Republican McCain in along with Huckleberry hoping for a cabinet position (maybe Director of theology?) Romney would win the nomination.
So sick of hearing these supposed smart pundits "well he keeps changing his positions during the campaign", that is flat out BULL.
He has indeed moderated his positions over a period of YEARS, not debate to debate (Hillary), poll to immigration poll (McCain).
When they do it they are "updating their positions or being nuanced".
Why have we heard NOTHING about the Keating Five in these debates or anywhere but talk radio?
Look it up, McCain along with four DEMOCRATS (what a shock, he is one) ripped off good hard working folks and they admitted wrong doing.
Romney is not perfect by any stretch, but if the two biggest things the polls have all suggested are CHANGE and the ECONOMY, how the bleep are Clinton and McCain going to bring change unlike ROMNEY who will bring NEW IDEAS.
I don't want to hear the BS about how great the Clinton economy was, he did NOTHING to help it, he stepped in DOTCOM poop and when it went bust there was NOTHING to fall back on as there was no alternative plans, we had a REAL recession (not one being hinted at now, a REAL one) and for his balanced budget myth, gutting the military while we were being bombed not ONCE, not TWICE, but SIX to EIGHT times while he was BUSY.........................
Obama or Romney are the only two that can change our direction, certainly not Mrs. Bill Clinton or John McAmnesty.
Hucksterby has stitched up a back room deal with McGrouch in typical Arkansas fashion.
DON'T BUY IT!!! ROMNEY is the man!
Why isn't Ron Paul's 19% in Maine being mentioned?
Only a little question:
If McCain has no support at the republican base, how is that he won Florida, where no independents voted ??
And of course, he has a overwhelming majority between Republican leaning independents.
Romney won Maine because it is conservative, but mainly because McCain did not campaign there.
Your post is not more comprehensive as the of other bloggers who disqualify so
Can we get an update on the results? 68% is way too close to call the 2nd and 3rd place finishers. And how many delegates were awarded for each candidate? Come on, Maine, it doesn't take that long to count 10,000 votes.
It really annoys me to see CNN and other news sources playing up the states where Romney didn't win and tossing aside Wyoming, Nevada, and Maine (Michigan is the only state that he won that received any coverage). It's obvious who CNN is rooting for. I am optimistic for Romney but he definitely has an uphill battle with his lack of media attention and McCain's high-profile endoresements.
I am so happy to see that people are beginning to realize that McCain can't bring the party together! I have heard so many people who have always voted Republican say if he wins I will vote for Barack or not vote at all..McCain will bring the Republican party down, as well as the country, because this country needs far more than someone who knows about military! Think smart when voting!
It should be obvious to even the most naive (read former Gov. Huckabee and Congressman Paul) that this is a race between Sen. McCain and former Gov. Romney and the two names in ( ) should drop out of the race and give the Republicans a choice between the top two. I think the Democrats were smart in how they narrowed it down to just two for Super Tuesday - a real choice of two distinctly different candidates. Unfortunately, I am afraid, one's ego will keep him in and the other's desire to have as large an audience for his less than popular ideas will not let this happen. And so, the Repbulican party will suffer and, eventually, the country, too.
You will find no Savings and Loan scandal in Romney's closet.
Mitt Romney is BAD for america.