February 12th, 2012
12:34 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney wins mask lingering questions about his candidacy

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney's twin victories Saturday in Maine and in a conservative straw poll were badly needed bright spots for his campaign at the end of what was perhaps the most humbling week of his presidential candidacy, a five-day stretch that exposed the former Massachusetts governor's frail relationship with conservatives.

One day after dubbing himself a "severely conservative Republican" in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, Romney won a presidential straw poll of conference-goers with 38% of the vote to Santorum's 31%.


Filed under: 2012 • Maine • Mitt Romney
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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens is the best severely conservative moderate liberal in the race. Baggers and teavangelicals love him, according to the racist CPAC poll.

    February 12, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens supporters do not seem to care that he is a moron.

    February 12, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The Kochs and Rove have raised almost a billion dollars to elect Mittens. They know Mittens will look after the interests of big money, Wall Street, big oil, big banks, off shore banking, overseas job creation, tax cuts for the upper 1%, more wars to be paid for by the poor and middle class, and the elimination of consumer safety regulations.

    February 12, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    Only Mitt Romney can recover America from what Obama has done to our debt ( including the rating downgrade ) and the things Obama put in place to ensure that America will run with perpetual deficits. Romney can save Medicare and Social Security, both of which have been plundered by the Obama Administration. Fortunately 2012 is finally here and Mitt Romney is still interested in the job. America is fortunate for that.

    February 12, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Howard

    You blind fool ... Obama has played the AMERICAN PEOPLE again ... and, the only reason he keeps getting away with it over and over again, is because of the obama stooges, like you, who continually defend, support, and excuse him, no matter how badly he messes up this country. If this corrupt, radical, narcissist gets another four years, without the fear of getting reelected holding him in check, he will be even more arrogant and power hungry ... and, you will be able to kiss American democracy goodbye

    February 12, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Did Romney win the Maine caucuses not yet
    I know GOP establishment and Media don’t like Ron Paul

    Maine 95% votes equal to 5524
    So 100% votes equal to 5814 so difference is 290

    Romney 2190 Paul 1996 so difference is 194 may be balance 96 (290-194) votes game changer ,
    If Ron Paul gets more than 250 votes out of 290 Iowa style out put will repeat again

    February 12, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Indy

    Millions of dollars and six years of campaigning and Mitts still squeaks out a few wins, Romney is a weak candidate that people can not relate to and his "look at me I used to run a private sector business" has run out of gas with the public.

    February 12, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |