Maine Stolen From Ron Paul?
The mass media
have repeated the official results for the Maine GOP presidential
caucuses that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney narrowly
beat Texas Congressman Ron Paul by a 39 percent to 36 percent margin.
But the official results are incomplete. And postponement of the
results from one of Ron Paul's strongest counties, Washington County,
because of a forecasted snowstorm may alone have tipped the balance
in Romney's favor.
predicted victory when the final votes are tallied. "Only
194 votes [statewide] stand between Paul and a first place victory,"
RonPaul2012 blogger Jack Hunter pointed out in a post after the
media declared Romney the winner. "Washington County is a stronghold
for Paul and has yet to report. It might be a week before we know
the final outcome there and Washington County is expected to yield
200 votes or more." Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum
placed third with 18 percent of the vote in the official Maine caucus,
while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich placed fourth with six
percent of the vote.
is not just braggadocio. In south Washington County, Maine, Paul
beat Romney by 132 votes in a February 7 Cottage Grove precinct-level
caucus preceding the county "super-caucus" that was supposed
to be held September 11 but will now be held February 18. Maine's
South Washington County Bulletin reported February 8: "In
District 57 ... Texas Congressman Ron Paul was the favorite among
Republicans. Paul earned 237 votes in the non-binding poll, followed
by Santorums 209 votes. Mitt Romney had 105 votes in the district,
Newt Gingrich 61 votes." The February 7 south Washington precinct-level
caucus results, which were not reflected in the official statewide
total, were alone sufficient to offset two-thirds of the difference
between Romney and Paul in the official statewide totals.
of the Washington County super-caucus alone among Maine caucuses
scheduled for February 11 has led many Paul supporters to suspect
electoral shenanigans by the Republican establishment to deny Paul
a state victory. That Washington County would vote heavily in favor
of Paul was well-known, and Paul was widely seen as the only credible
threat to Romney.
GOP Chairman Charlie Webster vowed that later
caucuses would not be counted in the vote totals. "Some
caucuses decided not to participate in this poll and will caucus
after this announcement," Webster told the Associated Press
February 11. "Their results will not be factored in. The absent
votes will not be factored into this announcement after the fact."
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