(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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it doesn't matter. This election is stolen and they want to bring all the reasons to make people believe they are electing the president in a genuine way.
Why is there no media attention on Maine?
It is too bad Maine seems forgotten stuck between Florida and Super Tuesday, kind of like Wyoming was between Iowa and New Hampshire. Romney wins that go almost unnoticed and underreported. What may be the real story here is that Ron Paul could come in close to John McCain and well ahead of the Reverend Huckster.
A republican stealing an election thats a first
I always suspected that Maine had more intelligent voters than the rest of the country. Romney is the answer to what ails this country. A candidate that has business and government experience as an executive not one vote out of 100.
Obviously, the elderly want to make certain that young people have no country left so they're electing McCain/Romney.
If they cared at all about our future, they'd look into Dr. Paul.
Latino/Latina voters need to KNOW some facts:
Bill nominated the least number of Latino/Latina folks to his cabinet than any Democratic president had in history.
Hillary fought for "health care" for the kids in NH, not for Black or Latino/Latina kids in CA, IL etc.
Bill Richardson was constantly noting that Hillary's policies are NOT good for minorities let alone for the nation. To date, Richardson has not come to endorse Hillary's campaign.
The world knows that the Clintons have more "black marks" against them than any political figure in this nation!!!
Let's hope this trend continues.
Dr. Paul does have some really good ideas, and some ideas that just wouldn't work for this country at this point! Hopefully one day though!
Looks like the Conservatives in Maine are rallying around Romney to beat McCain. Finally a state with some sense!
I voted in Maine today and was shocked to see that only 200 people came out to vote in Kennebec County and that was 50 more than expected.So 200 people cast ballets for a county of 121,000 people.Any small group can take this election by simply showing up to vote.Get out there on super Tuesday and vote and become a delegate like I did.This election is just beginning,fill your cars.vans and show up!
RON PAUL =Freedom for ALL
Not sure if I feel disgust or pity for all the 'sheeple' that keep voting for McCain & Romney....preparing to buy my next bumper sticker: "Don't blame me, I voted for Ron Paul!" Dr. Paul will get the last word though, 'I told you so', when our economy does finally collapse, thanks to all the Establishment nitwits running this country. Voters claim they want change, but they really don't, they are too afraid to hear the truth.
It appears as though it is not over after all. In fact, Romney has a very good chance to secure the nomination in spite of the media and most of the established career Washington "Republicans" who call themselves conservative, prematurely declaring victory for the Arizona Senator. Join Team Mitt!
McCain would've been out a long time ago if he didn't have the MSM footing the bill for his advertising. Romney will fix this country if elected president in ways McCain, Huckabee or Paul never could.
Romney is better than McCain. McCain scares people. He'll get us into another
war someplace else with his belligerant attitude.
Thank you Mr.Ron paul and happy anniversary to you and your wife.
And thank you for awakening so much of our youth to the political process.
Remember though that Maine's delegates are not counted into the total that a Republican needs to win the nomination as they are non-binding caucus votes.
Here's the latest Tsunami Tuesday warning: There's a 100% chance of a McCain Hurricane sending the HMS Romney back to Boston Harbor. Big layoffs forecast at the Mitt, Inc Blogger Department. Go Johnny Go!
Where is the TV coverage of Maine's caucuses? It sure seems that Maine's voters saw the Republican Debate from California, They sure snubbed McCain after he made such an effort to engage in "misinformation" about Mitt Romney's position on Iraq. I'm glad to see that at least some voters are paying attention to McCain's attempt at dirty politics. Someone who has heroic behavior in a war is not necessarily a good choice for President. His legislative record and his snarky and petty recent behavior indicate that he does not have the judgement to serve as President. I don't think that I want to spend the next four years seeing him on TV as my President!
The comments on the GOP topics receive very little attention from blogers. Have a DEM topic and the keyboards fly. Very dull over here. The republicains are all over on the other blogs trying to get Ophama elected so the GOP can hang him out to dry. What can they dig up on Hillary we don't already know about? Ophama now, he's fresh meat, they will dig up everything they can on him, most of it in his own words. He should not have written such a tell- tell book.
Nixon new how to win with tricks like McCain
McCain and Hucks backroom deal to spit the religous vote was dirty but smart
you won't think Hucabee would be that low but he was
Romney is eactly what we dont need. More big corporation type guys.
Ron Paul will probably get most DELEGATES in the State, and that's what matter. People pay attention to straw poll results and rough estimates, but in Caucus states like NV and MA it's irrelevant. And the Media just feeds their ignorance by not mentioning that.
They cherry pick the votes and stop counting when they have the winner they want.
There is a clear agenda here, If you can't see it, you never will.
Maine does not give delegates to the candidates, it is just a presidential preference survey for Mainers.