UPDATE: Romney Wins!
Today, the people of Maine joined those from across the nation in casting their vote for conservative change in Washington. All across the state, men and women gathered to help chart the future course of our country. Tonight, they have made their voice known and have endorsed our conservative vision for a stronger America. Like many Americans, the people of Maine are tired of Washington promises made but broken.”
Romney went on to say, “The need for change in Washington is even more apparent today. With our economy facing uncertain times, we need a leader who actually understands how the economy works and how jobs are created. We also need a leader from outside of Washington who is ready to meet the long-term challenges facing our country. With a career spent working in the economy, creating jobs, turning around faltering institutions and imposing fiscal discipline, I am ready to bring conservative change to Washington. In this campaign, I am proud to have the support of the people of Maine.”
Mitt Romney held the lead in presidential preference voting by Maine Republicans as returns were counted Saturday from the party's caucuses, which Republican officials said were heavily attended across the state.
Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, had 53 percent of the vote with 12 percent of the towns holding caucuses reporting. Libertarian-leaning Texas Rep. Ron Paul trailed with 21 percent, Arizona Sen. John McCain had 18 percent, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and undecided votes each had about 2 percent.
The nonbinding votes, the first step toward electing 18 Maine delegates to the Republican National Convention, were taking place in public schools, fire stations and town halls across the state.