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Mitt Romney Wins Maine Caucuses

Ron Paul also received strong support.

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UPDATE, 6:20 p.m.

Though some had speculated that low turnout could lead to a Ron Paul win in Maine, multiple media outlets are now reporting that Mitt Romney has won the Maine caucuses.

The New York Times reports that Romney won 39 percent of the vote, barely edging out Paul, the only other Republican candidate to actively campaign in the state. Paul received 36 percent of the vote, followed by Rick Santorum at 18 percent and Newt Gingrich at 6 percent.

Romney's win stopped his losing streak after Rick Santorum edged him out in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri last week.

UPDATE, 11 a.m.

That does it for the campaign portion of the caucus. Voters are now breaking out into individual groups based on what town they're from. Statewide caucus results are expected sometime after 7:30 p.m. tonight.

UPDATE, 10:30 a.m.

Ralph Ginorio, a history teacher from Limington, Maine, was a surrogate for Rick Santorum and spoke to the crowd in favor of him.

At one point, Ginorio talked about how Santorum is the one candidate who says what he means and means what he says.

"That's Ron Paul!" someone in the crowd yelled.

In response, Ginorio said, "Ron Paul's isolationist policy invites a second Holocaust."

That drew several boos from the crowd.

Before that exchange, Ginorio slammed Michelle Obama for her efforts to encourage healthier eating.

"I'm a pear-shaped fat man," he said. "I don't want Michelle Obama telling me what to eat in my own home."

UPDATE, 10:15 a.m.

The crowd gave a lukewarm reaction to New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O'Brien, who spoke in favor of Newt Gingrich.

O'Brien argued Gingrich is the only "true" conservative in the race.

"He is an articulate proponent of our ideals," O'Brien said. "He has new solutions for American that reach back to the traditions of our country."

UPDATE, 9:45 a.m.

Mitt Romney earned a standing ovation after a short speech to the roughly 1,000 voters in attendance.

Romney focused on how he can challenge Obama, arguing he will stave off cuts to the military and support veterans.

Ron Paul supporters in the crowd broke out in several "Ron Paul!" chants during the speech that were counter with "Mitt!" chants by Romney supporters. One voice in the crowd railed against how money drives Romney's campaign.

New Hampshire Sen. Jim Forsythe, R-Strafford, spoke for Paul, who made a quick appearance here before taking off for other caucus locations.

The crowd's reaction to Forsythe's speech was slightly more energetic than for Romney.

PREVIOUS STORY, 9 a.m.

SANFORD, Maine – A well-organized group of Ron Paul supporters – including – flooded Sanford High School this morning for today's Maine Caucus.

"Ron Paul! Ron Paul!" supporters chanted as Paul arrived here just past 8 a.m.

Scores of his campaign workers and volunteers had started work before 6 a.m., setting up signs outside the high school grounds.

"We're delighted with the reception," Paul said. "People have been saying, 'When are you going to win a state?' We hope it's today."

Indeed, if Paul is to win his first state this primary and caucus season, he appears to have as good a chance as any in Maine. Next door in New Hampshire, he finished second to Mitt Romney in the primary.

Maine is in Romney's backyard, as he governed Massachusetts nearby and has a vacation home in New Hampshire. Romney is looking to break his three-state losing streak today.

Romney, who won the Maine Caucus in 2008, was scheduled to appear here later today.

This morning, however, it was all Paul.

"His people are the most organized here," said caucus worker Helen Naylor.

Rita Bachand, 76, of Sanford, was here attending her first-ever caucus after nearly 20 years of living in Maine. She said Paul was the reason she decided to come out.

"I'm at an age where I hate wars," said Bachand, who identifies with Paul's anti-war stance, as well as his take on the economy.

Her friend, Pat Langlais, 80, of Springvale, was also attending her first caucus.

She said she was a longtime Democrat but switched allegiances to Rick Santorum.

"Obama has done a terrible job," Langlais said.

Santorum and Newt Gingrich had weaker presences here, as their campaign signs were drowned out by those for Paul and Romney.

New Hampshire House Speak Bill O'Brien was in attendance to support Gingrich, however.

jrmetalman February 11, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Pat Langlais is right and everyone should admit that Obama has done a terrible. On the other hand, he is brilliant when it comes to making excuses! Vote for B.O. if you'd like a perfectly BANKRUPT nation. BANKRUPT morally, spiritually and already financially. Get rid of Barry and vote for RON PAUL!!!
nenita borromeo February 11, 2012 at 04:34 PM
No doubt all Ron Paul's supporters are highly expecting a twist and big turnout of votes to top in the next primary.Let's put aside feeling discomfort now.
CRKonehd February 11, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Ralph Ginorio, as a history teacher should surely realize the difference between Isolationist and non-interventionist. Isolationist want nothing to do with other nations, no trade, no communications, nothing. Non-interventionist however have no problem with communications and trade, in fact it is encouraged at all levels. How can this point be totally lost on someone who teaches history? When goods do not cross the border, the army will...
jeannie February 11, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Terrible job???? Does she mean with the economy that is moving in the right direction? What? Our President stands firmly with us, Americans, our country.
jeannie February 11, 2012 at 05:36 PM
What exactly would a long time Democrat have in common with Santorum or Romney? Some daylight with Paul...other than that the GOP presidential candidates do not represent Americans, our needs or our interest.
Ralph Mahar February 11, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Greed, Fear, and Religious Superstition: these are the tenets of current Republicanism...the Military Industrial Complex Eisenhower cautioned against has arrived!..If you haven't served in the armed forces, you shouldn't be allowed to hold elective office.
Libby B February 12, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Oh please. Obama, the Fed, and their masters have DELAYED America's economic recovery. And it's going to be delayed AT LEAST two more years by artificially keeping interest rates at ZERO (for banksters) and next to zero interest for everyone else. Those seniors living on fixed incomes really do not thank you for supporting a system that earns them next to ZERO interest on their savings - the interest they depend upon to LIVE. Get a f'ing clue. I'm so sick of stupid Americans blabbing babble around like they have even the slightest idea of idea of what they are talking about, repeating the absolute LIES they hear come out of the White House, Congress, and the establishment's talking heads in media. It's disgusting.
Libby B February 12, 2012 at 12:11 AM
I think it's total BS that Romney won the Maine Caucus. Paul was killing him 3 hours ago then oops! "all of a sudden" Romney SOARS to take first. BS. Notice how all the other recent elections where it was a "different" candidate in the lead before the final count WON. Oh, but not Ron Paul! Nope, all of a sudden it's "different" in Maine? BS There was GOP cheating and/or incompetent people who can't count in Maine just like there was in Nevada (I'm going with cheating - everyone knows how to add 2 plus 2 and come up with 4)
Rae Christiansen February 12, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Ron Paul is the only true fiscal conservative and he is certainly brave to stand up against the rest. He is the only candidate who consistently supports the same sane agenda. The wise people of Maine and anyone else, who has an intelligent outlook, recognize this .
Jan Schmidt February 12, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Rule 2: Accuse others of what you're doing.
Jan Schmidt February 12, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Rule 1: Never use the proper name of your opponent.
Jan Schmidt February 12, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Libby So you prefer the lies from your politician?
Jan Schmidt February 12, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Right... Paul is sane. Like the only real rape is an honest rape. Please!
ForThePeople February 12, 2012 at 03:56 PM
It has been amusing so far to watch Ron Paul supporters cry in their milk after losing every single election result so far. They have even declared victory for being runner-up, and the runner-up of the runner-up!
Libby B February 12, 2012 at 05:31 PM
It's amusing to read mis-monikered folks like "ForThePeople" who are still banking on straw votes instead of what gets candidates nominated: Delegates Delegate counts have Ron Paul supporters doing the happy dance :) Not crying LOL @Jan Schmidt- Get you facts straight 'before' you start typing - save yourself some embarrassment. Start by watching the entire conversation about abortion between Ron Paul and the media whore Piers Morgan (from which your false accusation came). You, like the media you get you misinformation from, don't get to drop context. The context you conveniently dropped in order to make your false declaration is "really being raped" v. "lying about being raped." It happens, and that was what Ron Paul was referring to.
Libby B February 12, 2012 at 05:44 PM
@Jan Schmidt, you asked, "So you prefer the lies from your politician?" I prefer NO lies, from ANYone - politician or otherwise. But, what "politician" are you referring to? Some elected to office (most actually) lie all the time. Some (very few) don't lie - ever. Some who don't lie are also aware and fully informed, some are ignorant (but this doesn't make them dishonest - just ignorant - which is the case with so many voters no matter their political stripe), Some are actually 'representatives' and not 'politicians'. It's not that difficult to determine a lie from the truth (or an honest Representative from a dishonest politician) if you bother to take the time to verify that what you are 'hearing' is the truth. Granted, this takes no short amount of time, research and study - it's not a simple task, but it is a necessary task you are going to cast an "informed" vote and not be a part of the problem instead of the solution.
Jan Schmidt February 12, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Are you a woman? Then shame on you for not having guts to support other women during a time when they have to make a heart-wrenching decision. If you're a man, stay the heck away from women until you get a clue.
Jan Schmidt February 12, 2012 at 06:18 PM
yes, it is hard to tell lies from truth - otherwise why would so many people vote for most Republicans? Are you saying people LIKE lies? Well, maybe you have something there. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/02/12/1063989/-Republicans-undiscover-fire
Bill Walker February 12, 2012 at 07:25 PM
So when are the votes from Washington County going to be counted? The caucus is only 84% complete, yet Fox et al are saying that Mitt won(?)
Libby B February 12, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Not to worry ;)
Libby B February 12, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Jan, responding to your drivel below... Clearly, by electing Obama, most Democrats are unclear about how discern truth from lies, reality from delusion. If they were they'd have never voted for him. Obama was clearly lying to you when he was campaigning, but because you didn't bother to see if his actions as Senator squared with his promises and rhetoric as Presidential candidate Democrats (and others) got 'stars in their eyes' and voted for him anyway. He sold you out in the Senate, and he's selling you out now as President, just like Bush did, just like Clinton did, just like Reagan, just Bush I and every president before them since 1913.
Libby B February 12, 2012 at 08:01 PM
@Jan Schmidt, you said: "Are you a woman? Then shame on you for not having guts to support other women during a time when they have to make a heart-wrenching decision." How would you know what I have "guts" to support? You don't. I didn't say a thing about what "I" support or don't support. I merely corrected you on something you were grossly mistaken about. Deal with it, get your facts straight, and don't get so hysterical that you continue sputtering nonsense like that.
Jan Schmidt February 12, 2012 at 08:03 PM
there's an open mind for you... your parents must be proud
Jan Schmidt February 12, 2012 at 08:10 PM
honest rape... honest rape??? I saw it, I read it, and it makes me sick. Do you support what he said? You don't even have the honesty to say... you'd rather attack. Hysterical, huh? Wait until you need a support that's been taken away - then we'll see hysterical.
Libby B February 12, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Jan, you "saw" what? you "read" what? Did you SEE the entire interview? If you did and you are still clinging to this ridiculous lie that ANY one, least of all a Doctor, would believe "rape" is not "rape," - which is exactly what you are attempting to sell people - then you are even more hysterical and ignorant that I imagined. And yes, my ability to recognize bias, misinformation and false propaganda as exists at dailykos is something for any parent to be proud of. Do your parents a favor and stop using dailykos as a source of information. If you'd like to locate the same information at a site that is credible and unbiased, I'd be happy to look at it. But I'm not going to give dailK the benefit of my click.
ForThePeople February 12, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Good article. It is a shame that the folks who need to read it, won't. But that's how ignorance survives.
George February 13, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Paul said that one of the caucuses in Maine where he was really popular cancelled their caucus.. Why did they do that? Where are those votes? Who's idea was it to cancel?
Jan Schmidt February 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM
I yam what I yam
Libby B February 13, 2012 at 08:20 PM
George, check out the comments under this CSM article about the Washington County, Maine 'cancellation' here: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/The-Vote/2012/0213/Did-Mitt-Romney-steal-Maine-caucuses-from-Ron-Paul/(page)/2 CSM in it's continual efforts to marginalize and insult Paul's campaign spun the story like a drunken spider, but people who actually live in Washington County aren't buying it.

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