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. Larry L

    It's quite clear the GOP offers nothing but poor choices. People keep switching from the flip-flopper, the American Taliban candidate, the horn-dog lobbyist, and the senile anarchist. President Obama is a sure thing in spite of the constant efforts from the right-wing to obstruct progress.

    February 11, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. Marisa

    No, he hasn't won the caucus because voting is not complete. There are several counties/precincts that did not caucus due to the weather conditions. As a main stream media outlet you should be more diligent in reporting the facts.

    February 11, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. Namebloombarnes

    Go mitt don't muck it up now

    February 11, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. SCREW YOU, MITT ROMNEY, AND GOLDMAN SACHS, TOO

    They're hijacking democracy: Goldman Sachs and their flunky, Mitt Romney (and Obama).

    February 11, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. Alex Texas

    Why do Dr. Paul's speeches, remarks and other comments for him cut in the middle like the one just cut by CNN after the results for the Maine caucuses. the do not cut the lengthy, boring and out of substance speeches from the other candidates. That was weird and unfair from CNN

    February 11, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Joseth Moore

    i find it ridiculous that the Right Wingers try to make President Obama's restructuring of the abortion-provision as an attack on religion. Specifically, against Christianity...

    President Obama made it clear that it is now the INSURANCE AGENCIES that (rightfully) must provide women the abortion OPTION (Prez Obama & govt not forcing it on women), NOT churches. I suggest that Conservatives stop trying to paint Prez Obama as some Secularist hateful of Christianity.

    i AM a Secularist-Atheist; trust me, Prez Obama is far from being one of us !

    February 11, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. Bimmerman

    The GOP is "Duck Soup" in November no matter which one of these clowns gets the nomination!

    February 11, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  8. The Middle

    How are Gingrich and Santorum going to spin this? I bet it'll be 62% doesn't approve of him, not that 85% and 69% doesn't approve of them. Always looking at glass half empty.

    February 11, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. Tom

    Romney is bought and funded by Goldman Sachs his #1 donator. He is being lobbied as we speak so when he gets in the white house he does what they want. Wake up people this person is a used car sales men, he is nothing but a puppet flip flopping telling you what he thinks you want to hear and Goldman Sachs wants you to believe. He cant beat Obama, he cant even win the GOP. The last 4 national polls show Ron Paul doing the best agisnt Obama and Romney in 2nd even after he has millions to spend and the media on his side. Romney is a joke and more people see it every day.

    It is Ron Paul 2012 or Obama 2012

    February 11, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  10. iAntonio

    Why are GOP turnouts so low?

    February 11, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  11. Larry in Houston

    Mitt – You really need to worry about Michigan – If some of those people up there remembers what you actually said, when obama was bailing out "motown" – – – you said that you would have left them go under – and let them go and file chapter 11 – – remember that ? you said let them "have to start all over" and go thru the bankrupt scenario. If they remember that Mitt, you may have a difficult time up there, in Michigan. So, that being said – Here's what I would do if I were You, Mitt – I would have somebody go over there to the cayman islands, turn in a withdrawl slip, and draw out about 1 Billion, because you may need it, for the next several months, see what I mean, Mitt ? If it were me, I would splatter and saturate all the T.V. waves, everywhere I could, then You will be able to have that 400 K a yr. Job.

    February 11, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  12. Charlie in Maine

    That is funny that Mitt won here, After all our Republican Governor is a cross between the worst policies of Sanatorium and the worst personal behaviors of Newt. Maybe they are going in a different direction. I hope and pray they are.

    February 11, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. Fla Pete

    39% of what,10,000 voters,the jokes on them.Not one of them is truely wanted as a clear cut Repub conservative,that can take on POTUS Obama.This whole political act this year is truely a slap in the face of democracy.Go back and compare the count of Repubs total in each state to the votes counted,people are boared with this group and they're not halfway thru the primaries.A lot of wasted money,what a shame....

    February 11, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  14. NamePamma

    The train is leaving
    I hope all are aboard

    February 11, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    Mitt Romney's surge and his eventual win will be a clear indication of something very powerful.

    American voters are in charge.

    February 12, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  16. papafritz57

    So Romney runs against an old man who denies he was the owner and editor of a racist magazine for twenty years and he can only beat him by 3%? Does anyone know of anything that Ron Paul done in his time in Congress that was of benefit to the middle class and the poor in this country? I know he doesn't care who dies because they lack health insurance and he wants to make sure no woman ever gets away with aborted the one day old sperm in her uterus, but what has this racist old man really done? Name anything, I'm waiting.

    February 12, 2012 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  17. DENNA

    How nice for him. Newt's turn must be coming next. The biggest problem that consevatives have is that they can't make up their minds. Each candidate plays to a different base, so each wins where that base is strongest. President Obama's base is actually the entire United States. He plays to everyone who loves this great nation. Like it or not GOPers, he has done some good and deserves a second term.

    February 12, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  18. Pat Domingos, Maine

    Headlines should read–Romney barely won in Maine. No great victory

    February 12, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  19. GI Joe.

    WOW 5,000 voters.

    February 12, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
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