Friday, February 17, 2012

Mitt Romney Remains The Winner Of The Maine Caucus

Last Saturday, immediately after Maine announced the results of the caucus, Ron Paul came up with a conspiracy theory as to why he lost in Maine:
The Paul campaign had tried to lower expectations somewhat during the day, alleging that the Romney campaign had been involved in some tricky business, and predicting that the results would be very close.
In particular, a senior Paul aide had suggested that the Romney campaign was involved in the cancellation of Washington County’s caucuses, a small county where Paul’s campaign had expected to do well. “It’s not completely insidious, but they knew we were going to swamp it up there,” said Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton.
As a result, Ron Paul is refusing to refusing to accept the results that Romney won that state's caucus.
Maine conducted a recount of the votes and found that Mitt Romney remains the winner of the caucus: 
The party decided to recount the votes after determining that votes from caucuses in Waterville, Belfast and a number of other towns were left out of the final results, and that the tallies for Paul and Romney were reversed in Portland.
Chairman Charlie Webster said the exact vote count of Maine's nonbinding straw poll would be released Friday afternoon, ahead of Saturday's caucuses in East Machias in Washington County.
Here are a breakdown of the final votes:
TOTAL - 5814
ROMNEY - 2269  (39% ROUNDED OFF)
PAUL - 2030   (35% ROUNDED OFF)

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