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Ron Paul Gets A VERY Close Third in Maine

Ron Paul Gets A VERY Close Third in Maine

Andrew Malcolm
LA Times
February 3, 2008

Former Gov. Mitt Romney convincingly won the Maine Republican caucus tonight with about 52% of the vote.

The current GOP front-runner, Arizona Sen. John McCain, is running a distant second with 22% and Rep. Ron Paul, the libertarian-minded longshot, is in a very close third with 19% of the vote. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is trailing badly with only 5%.

With nearly two-thirds of the votes counted, Maine Republican Party Vice Chairman Scott Kauffman said, “It is very sure that former Gov. Romney wins the contest.”

Although Maine does not carry the political clout of many other states, it could provide a helpful psychological boost going into nearly two dozen crucial Super Tuesday contests this week for Romney’s forces, who lost to McCain in Florida, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Nearly half the delegates necessary to win the Republican nomination will be chosen Tuesday.

In a statement tonight, Romney, who was campaigning today in the upper Midwest after attending the funeral of Gordon Hinckley, the president of the Mormon church, in Salt Lake City, said, “Today the people of Maine joined those from across the nation in casting their vote for conservative change in Washington.”

The actual number of Maine delegates he won in the non-binding caucuses will be determined at a state convention in May.

It was a disappointing night for Ron Paul. The campaign of the 72-year-old, 10-term congressman from Texas with the well-financed campaign had hoped to pull an upset in independent-minded Maine. And he did come close to embarrassing McCain for second place, which Paul also won in the Louisiana and Nevada caucuses.

Maine Democrats hold their statewide caucuses next weekend.

 

Ron Paul Sweeps Northern Maine Caucuses

Fort Fairfield Journal
February 3, 2008

Texas Congressman Dr. Ron Paul scored a stunning upset win over all three of his opponents in the Aroostook County Presidential Preference Survey during the weekend caucuses just concluded. It also would appear that Dr. Paul’s supporters won the lion’s share of the delegate seats to the Maine Republican Convention in early May from the county.

There were 3 undecided voters in Aroostook County with regard to the presidential preference. This vote is a non-binding survey merely intended to indicate Maine Republicans’ preference for President. Delegates were also selected for many towns to the Republican State Convention.

Aroostook County volunteer coordinator of the Ron Paul 2008 effort, and Vice-chairman of the county Republicans, Steve Martin of Amity, had this to say about the upset results. “I love Aroostook County people. They are the most independent-minded and deeply-considerate folks in Maine. It is clear that Dr. Paul’s message of reduced government, lower taxes, personal liberties and non-interference in the internal matters of other nations struck a cord here in Aroostook County. Dr. Paul’s opposition to a Northern Maine National Park coupled with his deep respect for private property and gun rights also played a part in sweeping all three caucus locations.”

The county Republicans will be meeting again for their regular monthly meetings at the Presque Isle Inn & Convention Center on Saturday morning, February 16th at 9:00 AM.

With all Aroostook towns reporting, the results were as follows for Aroostook’s 3 caucus locations:

Fort Kent:
Ron Paul 3
Mitt Romney 2
Mike Huckabee 2
John McCain 1

Houlton:
Ron Paul 16
Mitt Romney 11
Mike Huckabee 8
John McCain 4

Presque Isle:
Ron Paul 29
Mitt Romney 27
John McCain 17
Mike Huckabee 16

Aroostook County totals with percentages:

Ron Paul: 48 votes 34.5%
Mitt Romney 40 votes 28.8%
Mike Huckabee 26 votes 18.7%
John McCain 22 votes 15.8%
Undecided 3 votes 2.1%

 

Ron Paul scores 1st in Bergen County straw poll

John Holl
The Star-Ledger
February 3, 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZEX0hYOZIg

Ron Paul, the conservative Texas congressman and long-shot presidential hopeful, pulled off a small and symbolic upset in Bergen County today by winning a straw poll leading up to Super Tuesday.

The vote, sponsored by the Bergen County Republican Organization, drew more than 100 people to Hackensack, and included a boisterous contingent of Paul supporters, many from outside Bergen County. They listened to four representatives for the four remaining GOP contenders before casting votes, giving Paul a 52-40 victory over Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney placed third with 27 votes, while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee got just one vote.

Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) spoke on behalf of McCain (R-Ariz.) and like others, invoked the memory of Ronald Reagan and wore a tie given to him by the former president embroidered with the words “democracy is not a spectator sport.”

He used that as a transition, saying McCain “is a man resolved to do first and foremost what is best for this country no matter the cost to him politically.”

State Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) stumped for Romney and, echoing a feeling from many of the old Republican guard in the room, said it was time to focus on the two “serious” GOP candidates, McCain and Romney.

However it was the Paul supporters who yelled the loudest, waived the most signs and eventually cast the most ballots.

 

Colbert: Ron Paul is insane – thinks the Earth moves round the Sun!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKsC_0fMjr0

 

Ron Paul news story from KSDK St. Louis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwvMSDpFA8Y

 

Ron Paul has a lot of friends

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ayi5LJwHWy0

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Actually Ron Paul got just 18.7%. The media, which is heavily tilted towards Paul since he’s anti-War, is reporting the higher figure of “19%” rounding it off in hopes of boosting Paul’s image. They’re also saying that he came a “close 3rd.” Well, McCain got 22%. I’d hardly call 18/7% to 22% “close.”

Ron Paul has had a string of horrible losses. Yet the media still keeps him in the game, cause he bashes Bush and the War on Al Qaeda.

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