View Full Version : Will Maine give Republican Paul his first win?

02-10-2012, 11:07 PM
By Ros Krasny

PORTLAND, Maine | Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:20pm EST

(Reuters) - He is the only one of the four contenders for the Republican presidential nomination not to have won a state primary or caucus.

But on Saturday, Ron Paul could get his best shot at a victory in Maine, the cold, far northeastern state that has given a warm reception to his libertarian views.

Local caucusing has been under way in Maine since January 29, and will continue in a few towns until March. Even so, the state Republican Party will announce the winner of its presidential straw poll on Saturday, and the Texas congressman's strong on-the-ground organization could have a big impact.

Mitt Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, generally is viewed as the favorite here, and in the overall Republican race. After losing the last three state contests to Rick Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, Romney is thirsty for a morale-boosting win in Maine, where he won 52 percent of the vote during his unsuccessful run for president in 2008.

Paul typically has been viewed as the Republican contender least likely to win the nomination, but he has a loyal following and this week was running second to Romney in a nationwide Reuters/Ipsos poll of Republican voters.

Paul has yet to translate that appeal into a victory in the state-by-state race for the nomination. His best results have been second-place finishes in Minnesota and New Hampshire, in both instances far behind the winner.

Speaking to supporters on Tuesday after his runner-up finish in Minnesota, Paul said he expected to do well in Maine.

Political analysts agree.

"If Ron Paul is going to win one state, this is the one," said Mark Brewer, associate professor of political science at the University of Maine in Orono.

"There's a particularly strong libertarian streak in Maine's political culture, and Ron Paul can tap into that in a way that the others really can't," Brewer said. "He can generate a mass of enthusiasm, particularly among college students."


Polling data is sparse for the Pine Tree State, so it is difficult to get a precise read on where the candidates stand with voters. Read More>http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/10/us-usa-campaign-paul-idUSTRE8191S120120210

02-10-2012, 11:30 PM
I would like to see Paul win at least one state so he will have more influence at the convention.

02-11-2012, 11:56 PM

02-12-2012, 11:30 AM
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