Campaign Buzz February 11, 2012: Mitt Romney Wins Maine Caucuses by a Narrow Margin Over Ron Paul — Ends Losing Streak


By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger published by Facts on File, Inc. in late 2011.



Romney wins support of Maine caucus-goers: Mitt Romney won the support of those attending Republican presidential caucuses Saturday in Maine, a key victory the former Massachusetts governor hopes will help him regain momentum after defeats in three nominating contests.

Romney won 39 percent of the votes of those who took part in a presidential poll at Maine caucus sites; Ron Paul took 36 percent of the vote, while former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum captured 18 percent…. – WaPo, 2-11-12

  • After Three Losses, Romney Edges Past Paul in Maine: Mitt Romney averted embarrassment on Saturday when he was declared the winner of a presidential straw poll in Maine’s nonbinding caucuses. He won 39 percent of the vote, barely edging out Representative Ron Paul of Texas, the only other Republican … – NYT, 2-11-12
  • Romney wins Maine caucuses by slim margin: Mitt Romney narrowly won Maine’s Republican caucuses, state party officials announced Saturday, providing his campaign with a much-needed boost after three straight losses earlier this week…. – AP, USA Today, 2-11-12
  • Mitt Romney wins Maine caucuses straw poll: He narrowly defeats Ron Paul, boosting his campaign after losses to Rick Santorum in three Republican nominating contests earlier in the week. Mitt Romney talks to a supporter at a caucus in Portland, Me. Though Romney won the caucus straw poll…. – LAT, 2-11-12
  • Maine caucus win gives Romney new momentum: Winning the Maine caucuses gives Mitt Romney a burst of momentum he hopes will carry him until the next major primaries in Arizona and Michigan, then Super Tuesday when 10 states hold elections…. – CS Monitor, 2-11-12
  • How Maine Helps Romney: There are essentially three ways in which the outcome of a caucus or primary helps us to understand who will eventually win the party nomination. The first way is the most literal: delegates are awarded, potentially bringing a candidate…. – NYT, 2-11-12
  • Romney adds to delegate lead after narrow victory in Maine caucuses: Mitt Romney added to his lead in the race for delegates Saturday with a narrow victory in the Maine Republican presidential caucuses. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, won 11 delegates and Texas Rep. Ron Paul won 10, according to … – WaPo, 2-11-12
  • Mitt Romney bounces back, wins Maine caucus straw poll: Reversing his embarrassing string of setbacks earlier this week when he lost Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri to Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney eked out a narrow win in the straw poll tied to Maine’s multiday caucuses Saturday…. – LAT, 2-11-12
  • Disappointment, optimism at Ron Paul headquarters in Maine: The moment Ron Paul’s narrow loss to Mitt Romney in the municipal caucuses here was announced on the TV screens Saturday night, supporters of the Texas congressman angrily greeted the news with booing, jeers…. – WaPo, 2-11-12
  • Maine sets up clash between Romney and Paul, who still steer clear of assailing each other: Mitt Romney and Ron Paul rarely even acknowledge each other in the Republican presidential race, focusing their attention and attacks on rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum instead. That curious detente is being tested in Maine’s … – WaPo, 2-10-12
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