February 2nd, 2008
07:45 PM ET
7 years ago

Romney leads in early returns in Maine

(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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soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Chris in Silicon Valley

    Man, if you want to find out about Maine, you have to DIG for it. But, New Hampshire... it was all we heard for 2 weeks. Is there a bias here???

    February 3, 2008 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  2. Geoff

    Huckabee's pretty much the first choice of Westboro Baptist.

    February 3, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  3. TED BERTRAND

    McCain is hot tempered wave the flag candidate who always lived off the goverment payroll and is very rich having divorced his wife and married a very wealthy woman from AZ
    A hero he is, a president he is not.
    Mitt is the man best suited for this nation. A proven candidate and a leader for this great country.
    .

    February 3, 2008 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  4. Ken

    Mitt Romney is the best choice for the conservative party. Many Fred Thompson and Huckabee supporters are now coming to Mitt.

    Mitt cleaned house this weekend in Maine (31% lead over McCain) with record turn out! Romney is going to Win big on Super Tuesday. He is leading in many of the new polls including California and Georgia ...

    Mitt has my vote and full support.

    February 3, 2008 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  5. Stan, Cali

    Go Romney! Not my first choice, but he is by far the best of whats left. May Hucker and McClain shuffle off to the side now where they belong.

    February 3, 2008 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  6. Robert

    CNN, Why do you refuse to talk about Mitt Romney's landslide win in Maine? If this were any other candidate or any other state, you would have already declared a winner. You can only ignore what's going on for so long.

    February 3, 2008 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  7. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    This is no surprise. Mitt is much stronger in many other states in the Union than the press wants to give him credit for. Just wait until Tuesday, oh ye friends of the Ticker.

    February 3, 2008 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  8. Dash

    There is a tide... I can almost sense it. The conservatives are uniting behind Mitt Romney and the turn-out in Maine is a testament to it...

    On Super-Tuesday, all pollsters are going to have the shock and awe of their lifetime as the conservatives jam the election offices saying no to RINOs and their surrogates

    February 3, 2008 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  9. TJ

    I have to admit, I am now a Romney supporter. I was uncertain, and after GB II; I wasn't even considering a Republican. However, after doing my due diligence and learning all I could about the "the Big Four"; I believe Mitt Romney is the answer to getting our country financially healthy again. He is a breath of fresh air among Republicans and a bit more economically sound than the Dems. I can't believe I am saying this but, ... GO ROMNEY!!!

    February 3, 2008 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  10. Alex

    Hope no body gets fooled by the republi-crat Mccain OR get sidetracked by Huckabee bs, and we all vote for Romney as the real Republican nominee. If people get fooled by the media and vote for Mccain get ready to trade in your dollars for the amero whether or not he gets to be the President or either of the democrats.

    February 3, 2008 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  11. Tom

    Those who talk of stealing and buying elections just reinforce the fact that there are still truly ignorant people who show their ignorance by every word they type on these forums.

    For all the talk of the inevitability of a McCain nomination he has yet to blow out Romney in any state and has a complete lack of support from the Republican base. Unless I am mistaken no presidential candidate has won an election without the support of their base except for Washington who had no political party and won 100% of the electoral vote the first time around (I bet some of you half wits on these forums would claim that he did so by dishonesly).

    As it stands the only way that McCain would have a snowballs chance in hell of beating the Democratic nominee is if it was Hillary and that is only because she might motivate the base to overlook the fact that McCain for all his straight talk lies whenever it suits him best and uses the exact same tactics that Bush used against him even though he of all people should want to avoid such deceitful campaign tactics. Not to mention the fact that he seems to think that his military service is the only thing that matters when it comes to him being president even though military experience only counts when it comes to the military and not every issue under the sun like the economy. This nation needs a uniter, not a divider and McCain much like Hillary is no uniter.

    February 3, 2008 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  12. GRACE, SUN CITY CENTER, FL

    WOW!!! WHAT A RELIEF. I AM A RON PAUL SUPPORTER BUT McCAIN
    SCARES ME... ANY BODY BUT McCAIN. I VOTED FOR RON PAUL IN
    THE FLORIDA PRIMARY... BUT IF I CAN'T HAVE RON PAUL IN THE
    WHITE HOUSE.... I'LL TAKE BARACK OBAMA.... ANYONE WHO HAD
    THE SENSE TO SEE UP FRONT, THAT IRAQ WAS NO THREAT.
    McCAIN IS A BUSH CLONE...GOD! THINK ABOUT 4 YRS OF THAT.
    YES, I AM RELIEVED THAT ROMNEY IS WINNING MAINE.

    February 3, 2008 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
  13. john

    That's because McCain was awful in their last debate: churlish, boastful,
    acting like he controlled the U.S. Senate, and said only he was qualified
    to be president! He's let all these newspaper endorsements go to his head!

    February 3, 2008 05:06 am at 5:06 am |
  14. Richard from Detroit

    I,ll drink to that, Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of Rum!.I,m from Detroit of Polish/Finnish heritage surrounded by Mexicans{ they think its like the Alamo but I,m going to give them a Buena Vista,General Taylor surprise}Romney,s going to beat that old flyboy like a drum Bam!Bam!Bam! and than he,ll do the same to the Democrats.Hey you Maine folks! you still got Black Sam Bellamy,s and Edward Lowes Gold and Silver treasure buried up there up in those coves along the coast or did somebody find them all?

    February 3, 2008 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  15. GRACE, SUN CITY CENTER, FL

    CNN.....JUST A QUESTION.... HOW COME GIULIANI AND EDWARDS ARE ON
    YOUR CATEGORY LIST .... AND RON PAUL IS NOT??? RON PAUL IS STILL
    IN THE RACE..... NEWS FLASH..... GIULIANI AND EDWARDS HAVE DROPPED
    OUT.... PLEASE..... EXPLAIN ..... I FIGURE YOU MUST HAVE A LOGICAL
    REASON.... I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHAT IT IS.

    February 3, 2008 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  16. shaun

    way to go mitt.....

    psych....

    go obama

    February 3, 2008 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  17. VonS

    Maine represents the true feelings of the American people toward McCain. The party elite will continue to try to force John McAmnesty on the American people.

    A vote for John McAmnesty is a Vote for AMNESTY.

    February 3, 2008 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  18. Alex

    I cant wait to see all the CNN pundits and liberal newspapers be surprised come Tuesday night when Romney wins big despite all their MCcain cheer leading. Maybe then Hackabee will stop kissing up to MCcain like he has since florida(I think he wants in a post in the new administration even if its not his own)

    February 3, 2008 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  19. vic

    Forget Maine! Let's talk about California and New York .../ by the way forgat also Ron Paul....you need a rest, man.

    February 3, 2008 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  20. kana

    I'd say some media obviously treat McCain with favor. This is so unfair. I support Romney.

    February 3, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  21. Frank Lee

    Keep writing those checks, Mitt. You're helping to spur the sagging economy down there.

    February 3, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  22. Robbie

    Romney...business experience?? I'm not too sure that being in the business of buying corporations, spliting them up, firing thousands of employees, and selling the pieces that are left over to the highest bidder, is the kind of business experience we need in the white house.

    February 3, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  23. ILoveAmerica

    Hey Richard from Detroit:

    I have some great news for you: THE GOLD AND SILVER IS STILL THERE!

    However, before you head out to find the pirate treasure – could you please take a look at your keyboard for a moment? Just to the left of the 'Enter' key, you will see a special key, that you can use to type an APOSTROPHE – which is NOT THE SAME as a COMMA! I believe you'll find that this key comes in very handy, whenever you need to type an APOSTROPHE.

    Well anyway – good luck on your treasure hunt! Don't forget to write!

    February 3, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  24. Sara

    Why aren't you fact-checking Hillary's claim?

    She's misleading people. The 15 million figure includes millions of illegal immigrants who aren't covered under her plan either! Barack intends to cover everyone except illegal immigrants. And those that fail to take advantage of his plan will be brought in eventually.

    February 3, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  25. Momut

    If Hillary buys an election, that's okay.

    If Romney buys an election, he's criticized for being able to do so.

    Is this a great country or what?

    Romney is a proven businessman. This country needs a business mind to get it straightened out.

    American households have to live within their means but the government doesn't. If a successful businessman is given a chance to run the government, all American citizens will benefit. Spending has to be decreased. It's simple economics.

    Hillary hasn't been successful running anything except her war against Bubba's bimboes. Even her war against "the vast rightwing conspiracy" fell flat on its face. The Clintons are phoneys, opportunists and scam artists.

    Americans deserve better. Give a proven businessman a chance to straighten out this country.

    February 3, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
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