February 2nd, 2008
07:45 PM ET
13 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. Voice of Reason

    HEY CNN!!!


    Did predicted Ron Paul would hit 19% in any state with as little air time as you gave him??? You wanted us to believe that he'd never make it to Iowa and his support was a few dozen spammers. Somehow they raised $20 million to lead all Republicans in the fourth quarter, though.

    The best prediction I heard from the MSM is that he would hit 5 to 10 percent in a few states. So far, he's at 19% in Maine, 14% in Nevada, 10% in Iowa, and he did fairly well in Louisiana and Wyoming, although specific results weren't released.

    Not like ANY of my posts make it to you site, so don't even know why I ask.

    February 2, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. Scott

    Why is there no media attention on Maine?

    Easy answer.... Romney is winning it

    February 2, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. John

    Well, the Democrats tried to steal the election in 2000, and were unsuccessful. Why would the Republicans try it today?

    February 2, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  4. Matt

    Duane, there is a huge difference between McCain and Romney and if you don't know that then you are a normal Ron Paul freak. McCain has about as much chance of winning a general election as "Dr. Paul" does of winning the Republican nomination...zero. Romney could win in November, but too many backroom deals and politics between McCain and Guliani/Huckabee are ruining that. My vote will stay home in November if it is between McCain and whoever else.

    February 2, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. rachel

    WHERE ARE THE MEDIA WHEN YOU NEED THEM ? No coverage on this large margin lead? any other time you would be scrambling for the story. I don't trust
    your reporting. I think that Americans are more intelligent that you give them credit for. If this were a McCain lead there would be whistles and bells. You should be ashamed in the name of journalism.

    February 2, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. ha ha

    ron paul? for the young people? you mean that guy that wants to pardon all "non violent" drug dealers? hardly a move for kids...

    February 2, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. Jenner

    McCain has endorsements from 2 Maine senators also. So much for his high powered endorsements. This just goes to show that voters don't care about McCain's backing among Washington types. They have spoken loudly that they want Romney, they want homeland economic survival, not remote warmongering.

    February 2, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  8. charlotte

    What were the results of Kucinichs' re-count in NH?

    February 2, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  9. Phil N

    Yeah, Romney's the answer all right. A flip-flopper who will say anything to get elected versus a veteran and hero who walks the walk and reaches across the aisle. Shame on people who vote issues over character.

    February 2, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. Apollo

    Media script for an election: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina (nevada for democrats), Florida, Super Tuesday (New York, California)

    Are there any other states? Disenfranchised voters–do something. Write letters to the editor, join your party of choice and change this stupid system

    Maine matters!

    Wyoming Matters!

    Nevada Matters!

    Michiganders matter! (love to say that!)

    Even up here in Washington, we are Americans (except in Seattle, not too sure about them, there is, afterall, a statue of Lenin still in Seattle/Fremont)

    Maine understands what we need–a true executive leader, not a petty, lying crotchety old man. A leader who is not a fixture in Washington DC, who votes more with Ted Kennedy than with the GOP.

    Mitt Romney is presidential and he is exactly the man that we need for this moment in time.

    Fix it Mitt!

    February 2, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  11. Hello

    Fox News has declared Romney the winner. What's taken CNN so long? Are they delaying the media attention on purpose? They usually declare a winner with such overwhelming report with 20% of the vote, and almost 70% have been counted! What the crap!?!?

    February 2, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. John Peterson

    Where is the media converage on Maine. Romney is an incredible problem solver. That's what we need right now.

    February 2, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  13. MadAtTheTruth

    Ron at 19% Nice to see you shills mention his name again. I watched hardball w/ Chris matthews and they didnt even acknowledge dr. Paul when they did mention Huckster, Romney, and Mccain. Shame on you people. Paul is still in the race too and looks like a good chunk of Maines residents like him. Good luck Dr. Paul.

    February 2, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  14. shirley

    It was obvious from the beginning that CNN wasnt going to be fair to Mitt Romney. From day one their bias was disgraceful. why dont they cover Maine where Romney is ahead, they waste no time announcing anything about McCain the Braggart. they have big ceremonial announcements when he gets endorsements . I didnt see all the hoopla when Hastert endorsed Romney and was not really complimentary of McCain.They put Dana Basher on to put Romney down and make once again their Golden Boy McCain look like he is the only candidate.I give McCain 3 more Pinnochios. Bye the way , in case you havent noticed, I dont see any of these comments from anyone wanting McCain as President. Romney is presidential

    February 2, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  15. Melissa

    This is welcomed news for many, many people. Keep it up, America!

    February 2, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  16. bh

    If the American conservative voter wants a true conservative, they will vote for for Mitt Romney. McCain is a liberal through and through. Huckabee is already out of the race and any votes for him will in effect be a vote for McCain. If McCain gets in, then good bye to true conservatism. Might as well vote for Hillary, you will get about the same thing with McCain.

    February 2, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  17. John Q. Public

    Hey! there is a state in the country that has intelligent people.

    February 2, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. P. D.

    Romney is the best example of someone buying the presidency.

    February 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  19. David, Oregon City

    The presidential candidates are heading towards the $1bn mark in campaign fundraising, shattering records as Wall Street and corporate America pump cash into a race that started ¬early and has produced at least eight viable candidates.

    That’s very odd but interesting.

    As Mike Huckabee spent less than eight million, I’m wondering what the vote buying cost ratio comes to?

    February 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  20. Chris

    Don't lose the faith, the reveloution is upon us, we can't take it all in one election. You have to tell people the about truth, tell the truth and then tell them what you just told them. We know who's really running this country and it is well documented if your willing to look. "Money Masters" is a great start. It's no wonder you never here this mentioned anywhere. Ron Paul tries to bring it up on the Glenn Beck show and he gets blacked out.

    "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a monied aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power (of money) should be taken away from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs."–Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President.
    Wow he said that over 200 years ago, sounds like it could have been said yesterday. WAKE UP!!!!!

    February 2, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    I live in Utah and enjoy it as a Catholic but there is no way Romney would get any support from me. The LDS run Utah and my fear would be they could spread their mormon influence to the executive branch.

    February 2, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  22. K. Wilkinson Houston,TX

    Excellent. Hooray for Mitt! He is the true Reagan Conservative. McCain is a loser and a liar.
    No way McNasty!

    February 2, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  23. jhbretsc

    Thank you Maine for voting for the real Republican candidate and not for the thug of the GOP party!

    February 2, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  24. Travis

    I hope we get to see the official outcome of these Maine caucus's.

    I still haven't been able to find out who officially won in Louisiana and the mainstream media has totally neglected to report on it.

    February 2, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  25. robert

    Maine: I appologize the media is ignoring you, hopefully they don't do the same to other New England states like Connecticut; this is a good win for Romney.

    February 2, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
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