Mitt Romney wins Maine caucuses
February 11th, 2012
06:23 PM ET
3 years ago

Mitt Romney wins Maine caucuses

Portland, Maine (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney ended what had been the worst week of his campaign with a quick one-two Saturday - winning the Maine caucuses hours after placing first in a closely watched straw poll of conservative leaders and activists.

In Maine, Romney squeaked out a tight win over Texas Rep. Ron Paul in that state's Republican presidential caucuses, taking 39% of the vote to Paul's 36%. He had gone 0-for-3 in Tuesday's contests in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri, which all went to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

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  1. diridi

    corn belted idiots of Ohio, Iowa, Missouri, etc, elected Santorum does not mean, he gets elected. Because, he is not electable and those corn belted guys are not educated, just farming guys like any third world farmers. I still think Mitt Romney may be front-runner, but will never win to Pres. Obama. Sure, true, true, and true.

    February 11, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. canuck41

    Yes!!!!!!! The best man wins! The only onw who can pull us out of the disasterous economy we have.

    February 11, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. canuck41

    way to go Maine. You like Mass, Fla, and Nev have come through for the best man. Willard Mitt Romney for President!!!

    February 11, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. Namejkane fl

    You still have no chance in Nov along with the rest of republican trash , dem landslide coming in Nov!!!!

    February 11, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  5. Ken

    Lame...Republicans suck

    February 11, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. canuck41

    ahhhh poor democrats ( liberal elitists ) you were so hoping someone like Santorum or Gingrich could catch the momentum and perhaps the nomination and then you knew for sure you and your liberal President would get re-elected! SORRY FOR YOU because Mitt Romney will be the nominee no matter how much you hate his success in life. You will have to fight hard to retain Obama.

    February 11, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. ahah

    winning by 200 votes is not a clear victory, but barly making it out of there with the hair on his skin..

    February 11, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. Conor

    Mitt Romney has the character, love, and judgement that this country needs. He has been married for 42 years and has five sons. He is the one we need to elect. Mitt Romney 2012

    February 11, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. Zombie

    Who is your daddy and what does he do?

    February 11, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. J Jones

    Well, once again Romney comes in late and buys the state.

    February 11, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  11. michelle

    Thank Goodness.

    February 11, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. Mark

    How can they call it a win if only 6000 people voted so far?

    February 11, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  13. mirrorlogic

    ...what a disappointment...now the Willard Mitt machine will try to spin this as he is back...

    Really...he almost lost to a Libertarian...3 percent

    ...Conservatives are willy-nilly trying to warm up to a HYPER-RICH once Independent that can not ever win heart and minds, he is like a robotic version of a human being, one trying to say the right things, but never really coming across with sincerity.

    February 11, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  14. canuck41

    Why are the moderators letting all the Mormon hated speech through on here?? It is totally brutal the anti-mormon crap that is spewed out here, especially by those that know so little about Mormonism! Also cant help but note all the former mormons that have clearly been ex-communicated from the Church that are so bitter and cruel. You can try all you want you haters but you just make those that believe in religious freedom even stronger. :)

    February 11, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  15. carrotroot

    Ron Paul is done. He needed to start winning states, but in the end he lost to Romney.

    February 11, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. george of the jungle

    I was hopeing that paul would be the flavor of the week. Still no landslide for mitt. I guess ol palin is on his side now. Gee they sure are loyal to each other. Obama Biden 2012

    February 11, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. S

    he beat a 90 year old man by 200 votes in a race that drew only about 5000 people. this after running for election for 6 years straight.

    February 11, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  18. Helene

    Boy that Romney is sooooo bland and boring, I can't even watch him without falling asleep.

    February 11, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  19. Kevin

    With 95% of precincts reporting, Romney wins with just under 3,000 votes. That's fewer people than go to a minor league hockey game. Yet this is national breaking news. I think there's a pretty big enthusiasm gap out there for these Republican candidates.

    February 11, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. j williamson

    Er, 39 to 36 % is a "win?" Have ALL the votes been counted? The bought and paid for media is marching quite in-step!. I'm embarrassed for you (the press) even if you've lost the means to feel embarrassed for yourselves. Shame!

    February 11, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  21. reACTIONary

    About 5,000 to 6,000 votes total. Kind of a joke. Winning the straw poll is more to brag about – and that's nothing to brag about!

    February 11, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. D. Wilson

    LOL like it matters..

    February 11, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  23. Jake

    The Nazi Party won a BS election. When are the concentration camps going up?

    February 11, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. a disgrace

    the republicans have a candidate now a failing america needs to move up the election and put a early end to obama's disgrace of a presidency......

    February 11, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. Debbie

    Guess Romney is the GOP nominee. Not pleased with what the GOP put forth overall and would never vote for this guy.

    February 11, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
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