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Paul wins caucus in Downeast Maine, Romney maintains lead

Posted by Garrett Quinn, Less is More  February 18, 2012 06:46 PM

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EAST MACHIAS, MAINE -- Ron Paul won the Washington County caucus with 167 votes but it does not appear that it will be enough for him to take the entire state. The caucus was originally slated to take place last week when the rest of the state voted but it was postponed due to snow.

According to county officials the turnout, 319 people, was double what it normally is.

Mitt Romney, who was leading after the vast majority of the state voted last Saturday, took second place here with 86 votes followed by Rick Santorum with 59 votes. Newt Gingrich finished last with five votes.

There were two votes for "unnamed" candidates.

Parts of Hancock County voted today as well.

When all the votes are counted and tallied Romney should lead by somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 votes. The caucus rules for Maine are complicated so it is unknown
at this point what will and will not be counted in the final tally.


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Garrett Quinn began writing for newspapers at age 17 with CNC in his native South Shore. He has been published in BlueMassGroup, RedMassGroup, Pioneer Investigates, and Wonkette. He is a More »

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