Paul picks up 83 votes in rescheduled Maine caucuses
February 18th, 2012
10:11 PM ET
11 years ago

Paul picks up 83 votes in rescheduled Maine caucuses

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul gained 83 votes on Saturday after one county in eastern Maine held its caucuses.

Washington County had delayed its voting one week ago due to bad weather.

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The gain for the Texas congressman does not change the outcome of the Maine contest. After Washington County's voting, fellow GOP candidate Mitt Romney led Paul by 156 votes.

Romney has consistently led despite changes in the vote tally. Last Saturday, Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster declared Romney the winner over Paul by 194 votes. On Friday, the Maine GOP updated the caucus results by including some votes that were originally missing and correcting clerical and other errors in the tallies. The updated numbers showed Romney maintaining his win by a slightly bigger margin, 239 votes.

Webster told CNN there is 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.

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Filed under: 2012 • Maine • Mitt Romney • Ron Paul
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. SafeJourney

    soooo, while romney and santorum slug it out. Paul is gaining more votes. Funny how many ups and downs in this comical process

    February 18, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  2. Karen Bracken

    The GOP is going to find themselves facing a 3rd party in the next election. We gave them another chance but no more. They are forcing THEIR candidate on the American people. They are rigging these caucus sessions. Time for a 3rd party folks. Should have started 3 years ago. Can't change criminals. And both parties are nothing but criminals. Ron Paul is THE ONLY statesman left but the GOP wants a money raiser not a statesman. I will be changing my party after this election is over. Take a serious look at GOOOH and make them a viable option in 2016 folks.

    February 18, 2012 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    So, Mitt wins again...okay got it.

    February 18, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  4. arlindsay

    Of course they'll include them, now that they know Romney's the winner.

    February 18, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. victoria15

    IRomney is the only person in this group who can beat Obama. It is silly to continue this process when focus should be on Romney coming face to face w/Obama.

    February 18, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  6. Joby

    See, no such thing as voter fraud in the GOP.

    February 18, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  7. Josh

    Ok. So does this update include all the votes that were missing or incorrect? Or do they feel like they should declare Romney the winner for a third time without all the results? The ridiculousness of the caucus in Maine either shows corruption somewhere or sheer incompetence.

    February 18, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  8. Chris

    So, now are they going to count the districts that were counted as zero's when they were in Paul's favor, too? That should make it either a tie or a win for Paul after the obvious fraud is corrected.

    Doesn't matter. Paul will win the delegates... harder for them to cheat on those!

    February 18, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  9. Paulian

    BS – there is video evidence of him receiving 160+ in washington county alone.

    February 18, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. Paulian

    Also – that update from the Maine GOP came out YESTERDAY! the day BEFORE the new votes!

    February 18, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  11. J.V.Hodgson

    This system of declaring on TV Vote results by individual caucus or district. they should remain confidential until all results are in and verified. Then if close a re-count if in the rules may be demanded against given rules.
    Its not needed to be the first know who the winner is projected to be only in the end who the winner actually is early forecasting may ( even just risk is enough to justify not doing it) bias some voters intentions.

    February 18, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  12. Rebecca Pate

    As far as I am concerned, Ron Paul won Maine and Iowa. I will only vote for Ron Paul, but apparently that doesnt matter, The GOP has to cheat to make the flavor of the week look good, and santorum isnt surging in anything, you guys should be ashamed of yourselves for screwing the minds of millions of people. Are You guys trying to start a civil riot ??

    February 18, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  13. Rebecca Pate

    Why did you guys delete that last post?? because he was pro Ron Paul ?

    February 18, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  14. Stanley Skipstar

    The polls were fixed and everyone knows it, GO RON PAUL !!

    February 18, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  15. Joseph

    An investigation of the maine GOP leader needs to be underway. Our political process is being hijacked and TPTB just think we are going to sit by and let it happen. No way Ron Paul is our only chance at salvation. BTW CNN I am taking a screenshot of this comment and will wait and see if you delete it. Then I will make a forum post on a well known news website about your collaboration with these people to deny us the right to discuss openly what is going on in the united states and in the media!

    February 18, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  16. Bee

    I voted for Obama last year, This year the media exclusion and blackout of Ron Paul along with the cheating makes me pull for Paul now. Usually the honest guy gets excluded . So now I am Pro Paul all the way.

    February 18, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  17. mike

    It's a shame how corrupt the system really is..

    February 18, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  18. Ficticious

    I hope that soon Ron Paul will be given more coverage and credit. The nation sees that he is a great candidate, but it sure is a shame that the media shows a biased perspective to those people who are unfortunate enough to not have internet access and see what is really going on.

    This is certainly an interesting campaign. Great job to all of the candidates.

    Just as a reminder:
    "CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service."

    February 18, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  19. kat

    Are these people NUTS ? That's like giving BHO a second term.

    February 19, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  20. carrotrot

    Although the outcome did not change the fact that Paul lost, it is the way the caucus was mishandled by the GOP that calls into question the validity of the caucus system if they keep having problems with counting the votes.

    February 19, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  21. Thomas

    Great way to run an airline !

    No wonder the GOP almost crashed the whole enchilada , " Economy "..

    February 19, 2012 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  22. Niko_in_Richmond

    So, would the ineptness show by the GOP in the various state caucuses and primaries that have occurred count as voter fraud? Or, because they are just screwing each other over, would it just be plain and simple incompetence?

    February 19, 2012 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  23. BeverlyNC

    If Republicans are so concerned about voter fraud they have passed voter suppression laws across the nation, why did they no use these new laws for their primaries? Why can their election officials not count the low voter turnout votes correcfly within a normal timeframe? It appears voter fraud is unique to the Republican Party and not the People they are trying to prevent from voting in the November election. We need election watchers at polls this year to make sure Republicans do not commit fraud at the precincts around the country. Their desperation is dangerous for a fair election.

    February 19, 2012 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  24. franko!

    how about the truth in the maine caucus??? ron paul will WIN if the votes ever get counted properly!! what happened to REAL journalism??

    February 19, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Was every caucus location counted? If not all of them were, then it isn't a complete count. They shouldn't announce the winner until all votes are counted. I don't understand what the problem is with doing that. Is there some problem that the head of the Maine has with Ron Paul? I'd like to know if there some connection he has with either the Romney campaing or super PAC.

    February 19, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
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