Romney maintains win in Maine caucuses
February 17th, 2012
06:00 PM ET
3 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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  1. Rudy NYC

    Republicans and voter fraud seem to a matched set. Remember that clerk in Wisconsin last summer who "found" the extra votes needed to put several Republican state senators and representatives over the top for wins. Remember Florida, again and again, and how it keeps coming up with controversial election results. Remember the Iowa primary this year? They couldn't figure out who won, and they lost the records. Republicans and voter fraud seemed to be a matched set.

    February 17, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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