Breakthrough in Maine! 36% Ron Paul’s Strongest Results So Far

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Ron Paul’s massive momentum continues! On the heels of a strong second-place finish in Minnesota earlier this week, Ron Paul just had another near-victory in Maine. The Congressman secured an amazing 36% of the vote, by far his highest percentage in the race up to now.

While Ron Paul had been a favorite to win the state, Mitt Romney’s money machine desperately scuffled for a last-minute win in an effort to paper over the Governor’s three disastrous losses in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado earlier this week. Unfortunately that strategy paid off and Mitt Romney just barely overtook Ron Paul for a 39% first place finish.

  1. Mitt Romney 39.2% (2,190 votes)
  2. Ron Paul 35.7% (1,996 votes)
  3. Rick Santorum 17.7% (989 votes)
  4. Newt Gingrich 6.2% (349 votes)

(Final results with 83.7% of precincts reporting — see explanation at bottom of post)


Why are only 83.7% of precincts reporting? Could the official results still change?

Washington County (pop. 32,856) postponed its caucuses due to the threat of 1-3″ of snow (which did not materialize). They will be voting next Saturday. However, Maine GOP Executive Director Michael Quatrano announced that the official results are permanent and will not be changed when the new votes come in.

Washington County GOP Chairman Chris Gardner objected, saying he had known his county’s tally wouldn’t be included in Saturday’s announcement but didn’t realize it wouldn’t be counted at all. He said he had called state party leaders and “expressed my complete and utter dismay.”

Some have called Washington County a “Ron Paul stronghold” that could have propelled Ron Paul to a Maine victory. Ron Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton suggested that the Romney campaign was involved in the cancellation of the caucus as Paul’s campaign had expected to do well: “It’s not completely insidious, but they knew we were going to swamp it up there.”

In 2008 Ron Paul got 8 out of 113 votes (7%) while Mitt Romney received 40 out of 113 votes (35%) in the county. If Romney had remained stagnant at 40 votes and Ron Paul had received an additional 227 votes (+ 8 ) in Washington County, Paul would have won Maine.

  • yeahuphere

    A stolen election must not stand.

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  • akkifans

    I just got a phone call and a lady was telling about Santorum has done this and that for Pennsylvania so are you going to support him?

    I started screaming

    then few seconds later I hear “tu tu tu tu tu tu tu tu tu tu (she cut the phone)” LOLOL

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  • SubZero1703

    Is Romney backed by wall street ? If so your bailout money is paying for a fake president, U MAD USA CITIZENS.!!!!!

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  • SubZero1703

    Romney my frikken ass, Ron Paul owns him on every debate, surely americans arent that fking dumb to vote for this idiot. VOTER FRAUD!


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  • PrivateAckbar

    Even Dr. Paul’s crowd speeches are driven by honest and intelligent content rather than demagoguery. Ron Paul: the thinking/moral/correct man’s president.

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  • merlinspower

    Keep the fruits of our Labor .
    Repeal the 16th Amendment.
    Vote Ron Paul 2012

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  • smackysthename

    Wait if they are still going to hold the vote in that county, couldn’t the winner be renounced?

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  • doogleandalix

    Why does Wolf ask which candidate is closest to Ron Paul’s policies ? I have heard this bogus question asked ad nauseum and I could answer in my sleep ! They are ALL indentical including Obama .

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  • doogleandalix

    I read that one caucus postponed their election for a snow forecast-ending up being a “dusting”-this was the county Ron did very well in. SO,if that caucus holds their election next week , will those votes be tallied and will the media report if RP actually takes Maine ? Sounds really fishy to me – how the hells does the media report a win) a close win) with 84% of counties reporting ???

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  • magicidiot12345

    Ron Paul: “well we lost for the fiteenth time in a row and we have no cahnce of getti ng the nomination or every winning anything lo…but um…uh…liberty lol!!! thanks for the free cash”

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  • jo7373jo

    A riot is the language of the unheard.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  • 1718oldhills

    Dr. PAul is going to make Super Tuesday really exciting

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  • donn3336

    If you don’t think they are fixing this against Ron Paul you are crazy! He doesn’t even complain he just keeps going forward

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  • Organnabis

    Is there any coincidence between the fact that Maine is the 5th most educated state and that this is Ron Paul’s best polling results?

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  • Raggi

    Good job. Keep fighting! Wake up the rest of the people . Vote Ron Paul. With regards from Iceland.

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  • TheMACKitten

    He was SOOOO CLOSE! D:

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  • blanchet4

    The thought that Romney has the best chance against Obama is foolish. Paul is the only candidate that would make the general election interesting.

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  • sherri99516

    Lets Do This! Vote Ron Paul 2012. He can and will restore the rule of law, and bring to justice all those who are currently above the law. Save America by saving her Republic. Vote Ron Paul!

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  • FlipObamney

    Watch Maine’s reaction to the Rigged Caucus results from the front row of Ron Paul’s Rally in Portland Maine:


    Only 83.7% of the votes were used to determine the “winner”. Washington County canceled their caucus because of the phantom doomsday snowstorm that came through Maine yesterday.

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  • gettengood

    I realy like Thaddeus Kosciszkus’ postings. Feb. 11, 11:16PM. The debate in South Carolina, and booing the golden rule, about treating other nation how we would want to be treated, very disturbing.

    Feb. 12, 4:22AM Evayrr was wondering if Ron Paul was implying that Greece is evil. I have never heard Ron Paul being judgemental to others. He always says we have no right to judge others on what is right or wrong, we only have a right to pursue our individual ambitions and desires as long as they do not infringe on the rights of others to do the same. He only stated a fact that the rioting in Greece is a result of a failed monetary system and is warning people in the US of what is in our future if we don’t do something to change our monetary practices.

    ju88ff, I think you are better able to tell all what it’s like to be a loser!

    Heymisterderp Feb. 12, 4:09AM, I was also there, front and center. The good doctor is so inspiring. Did you notice when he came on stage and looked upon the crowd fighting to see through the bright lights, how at one point his face lit up. That was do to three young teenage boys who were up front. He so loves the fact that our country’s future is hearing him, and a change for those boys lives for the better is being made possible.

    Kyle S. Feb. 12, 12:23AM, I can only reply to what I know. The state of Maine is a caucus state. Every two years a city, town, or group of towns hold a schedualed caucus for the local registered republicans. At the caucus they hold an official meeting electing local officers to party positions, including delegates and delegate chair on presidential election years. The delegates are the ones who represent all the republican voters for community that the caucus was held. In the caucus that I attended after all the elections where completed, we voted for who we would prefer at that time to be the republican nominee. This non-binding vote is what was announced at the republican headquarters Saturday night. Now the elected delegates will be meeting with each other to determine who will represent Maine at the national convention. Delegates are not bound to anyone, they can change who they want to vote for up until the last second. I don’t know how bound to a candidate a delegate is after moving up and becoming one of the delegates representing the state to the nation. I hope this helps you.

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