Romney maintains win in Maine caucuses
February 17th, 2012
06:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney maintains win in Maine caucuses

(CNN) - An updated vote tally from Maine's caucuses, released Friday, showed that Mitt Romney has held on to his win in that contest.

The tally showed the former Massachusetts governor with 2,269 votes and Texas Rep. Ron Paul garnering 2,030 votes.

The difference: 239 votes.

In the updated numbers, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum got 1,052 votes with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich receiving 391 votes. Neither man actively competed in the Maine caucuses.

Last Saturday, Maine GOP Chairman Charlie Webster announced Romney as the winner, beating Paul by 194 votes. The Maine GOP encouraged municipalities to hold their caucuses between February 4 and 11, but some began in late January. Maine's caucuses are non-binding, meaning the state's 21 delegates will be allocated later.

Two days after the announcement of a Romney win, the Maine GOP discovered clerical and other vote tally errors, Webster said. Since then, the organization also set about "reconfirming" the numbers it received from individual municipalities.

Additionally, Webster explained that votes from some towns were missing after emailed tallies went to spam folders in the Maine GOP's email system.

"We corrected all that on Monday, in our internal paperwork. And it changed the totals a little bit in favor of Romney," Webster said.

Webster did clarify one question that's fueled speculation.

"Absolutely no recount," the chairman said. "There's no way to recount. These were just slips of paper that were thrown away after."

"There's nothing to recount. There's no ballots left," he added.

Meanwhile, after canceling its caucuses last weekend due to inclement weather, Maine's Washington County is scheduled to hold caucuses this Saturday. There have been questions about whether or not the county's results would affect the outcome.

"We'll see what the numbers are. It would be unlikely that one candidate would get significantly more," Webster said.

The chairman said there will be a recommendation by a Maine GOP committee to the group's larger Executive Committee to include Washington County's vote results in a March 10 accounting.

At one point on Friday, Webster told CNN his group contemplated holding the updated numbers until after Washington County voted to avoid any suggestion of a tainted vote. However, the chairman decided to release the updated numbers Friday after personally contacting the Romney and Paul campaigns to explain the situation.

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Woman In California

    "Absolutely no recount," the chairman said. "There's no way to recount. These were just slips of paper that were thrown away after."

    Just another reason this man should never be POTUS. IF anyone knows how to pay for play it's Willard. Should Willard's financial dealings ever come to light – it would spell real danger for this country. Let's send this "bishop" back to his cult full-time so he can continue with his shady dealings out of the public eye.

    February 17, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. once upon a horse

    wonder how much that cost Mitt and who he had to pay.

    February 17, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. American

    "Corrected all that on Monday?" Then WHY did the website still show ZERO votes as recently as yesterday? Not to mention, there are still votes to be counted on Saturday to be prematurely declaring a winner...again

    The sheer incompetence seen in this primary season has been a complete injustice to American voters. And these people want to be in charge of our government? I would not trust this nonsense with my votes, much less governing.

    Ron Paul supporters better be diligent on Saturday in Washington County if they want their votes counted. The GOP establishment is obviously in the tank for Romney.

    February 17, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. DC

    Lol, "they were just slips of paper that were thrown away." Let's face it, Romney lost Maine too.

    February 17, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Doesn't Make Sense

    Why should we force the people in the middle east to accept democracy while we haven't understood it very well here?

    February 17, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Shawn Hyde

    I smell lots of BS, someone from the Romney campaign or one of his supporters was calling in fake number in favor of Romney pretending to be precinct chairs. THATS FRAUD! This whole GOP Election had been riddled with Fraud and media Bias. If this is how the GOP wants to run things I want a different party I doubt I will ever vote for another GOP after this election.

    February 17, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. judy

    what a sorry excuse for a man he is. Trust him like i would trust a used car salemen .

    February 17, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Victor

    Why am I reminded of that woman in the Florida chad fiasco who single-handedly crowned W Bush?

    February 17, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. DAK

    The GOP establishment will do ANYTHING to keep Ron Paul from gaining traction, yet these same people want us to believe all their lies about Obama? Sheesh! How stupid do they think we are? Evidenty pretty stupid becasue we (the voters) let them get away with this stuff over and over and over. The GOP is the party that has whined about voter fraud and ACORN and a whole host of other "election problems" and how they have to stop the evil Democrats steal elections... Yeah, right you hypocrital snots.

    February 17, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. diridi

    I bet my bottom dollar, he got to be used car sales man. At least used car salesman doesn't flip-flop. While Michigan is employing lot of people in three big Auto, he said Auto bail-out is bad.....ha...ha...ha...ha...

    February 17, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. JJNC

    Webster will be the next GOP chairman to resign. Romney didnt win Maine. He probably didnt win NH either.

    February 17, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Matt

    Good lord some people are overly parinoid here, there is not some big consperiousy by the "establishment" to give Romney the nomination. Some of you folks need to unplug from the internet, AM radio programs, and radical news for a while and take in some reality again for a while...it will do you lots of good.

    Grow up people, avg Joe citizens run these primaries and cacuses and they are not all "in on it" bc there is nothing to be in on. Time to grow up.

    February 17, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Just say no to Flipper

    LOL! The "it got lost in the spam folder" defense?!? This guy is as phony as Flipper the Elitist Robot. There is far more evidence out there than he is claiming and it's a shame CNN couldn't bother to make a few calls to the Ron Paul campaign or the GOP county chairs in Washington or Waldo counties. In other words, in yet another example of incredibly shoddy phony "journalism" from CNN, we have an entirely one-sided story in which the only "facts" come from the very person accused of, or at least responsible for, the defective and fraudulent Maine vote. This is yet another example of how our so-called "liberal" media like CNN is interested in censoring stories that interfere with its corporatist leanings. Ron Paul is getting the shaft because of sloppy stories like this.

    February 17, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. Loren, Keene NH

    It is time you people blogging grow up! Ron Paul is not going to win the nomination so get a life!!!

    Why are you all blaming Romney for the vote counting in the State of ME? That is redicious!!!

    February 17, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. vic , nashville ,tn

    So far we know all the GOP candidates are clowns

    Now we know even elections results are jokes

    February 17, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. John

    Team Romney yet again takes a page from the Stalin Playbook: "If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it" (so stay classy Team Romney and keep up the mud-slinging ads). Another page, referring to the Maine "election results" : "It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."

    February 17, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. Davis

    This is because Maine's GOP chair is in the pocket of the GOP establishment. Heaven forbid that Ron Paul wins a state!!!!

    February 17, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Davis

    Matt
    Good lord some people are overly parinoid here, there is not some big consperiousy by the "establishment" to give Romney the nomination. Some of you folks need to unplug from the internet, AM radio programs, and radical news for a while and take in some reality again for a while...it will do you lots of good.

    Grow up people, avg Joe citizens run these primaries and cacuses and they are not all "in on it" bc there is nothing to be in on. Time to grow up.
    -----------------------------

    Gotta love the naive.

    February 17, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would hope that other groups do the recount and come up with a more accurate and independant number. I, somehow, am willing to believe that Paul won this one. Why can't Romney give Paul a win? It will be the only one he gets.

    February 17, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    "Why are you all blaming Romney for the vote counting in the State of ME? That is redicious!!!"

    Umm, were you aware that a private company assisted the caucuses in Iowa and Nevada? That company has close ties to Rmoney insiders. If you don't believe Rove and his thugs aren't adept at stealing elections then it's your own willful refusal to look at the evidence to blame. Indeed, the evidence is becoming more and more clear that Rove and his cronies stole the 2004 election with a "man in the middle" hack of the Ohio vote tabulating servers. Do your research before you spout off and accuse others of being "redicious!!!".

    February 17, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. cali girl

    And you wonder why the voter turnouts are low. This issue is popping up all over the country.

    February 17, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. Natalie

    I just can't reconcile that pristine image I used to have of Maine with what just happened.

    February 17, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. American

    Matt and Loren,
    Instead of blaming "consperiousy" [sic] or how "redicious" [sic] this truly is, please do some research on the story, since MSMedia has not.

    Webster happens to be a Romney supporter, and he did not count votes from entire towns before declaring a so-called winner, and Wagington County has not even voted yet. It's not right.

    February 17, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Shane

    I know it would have been nice for Ron Paul to win, but the conspiracy theory rhetoric is a little too fantastical. Really? The "establishment" has somehow paid off everybody involved to rig the results?

    February 17, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. GI Joe.

    If the supreme court doesn't appoint him, they'll just ignore all the other voters.

    February 17, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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