On Saturday at around 7:30 pm ET, we’ll get the results from Maine’s caucuses which have taken place over the last week. It’s essentially a battle between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, as Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have made no efforts in the state.
Boston Herald: “Romney still leads the race, but he faces a strong challenge from Paul in Maine, analysts say, and his losses Tuesday in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri will raise the profile of Maine’s nonbinding presidential preference poll.”
Live-blogging throughout the day:
6:23 p.m. – Mitt Romney wins Maine caucus straw poll with 39% to Ron Paul’s 36%. Santorum got 18%; Gingrich 6%.
1:55 p.m. – Axelrod jabs at the GOP frontrunner on Twitter: “Who would have thought, six weeks ago, that Mitt would be looking to the Maine caucuses to regain momentum? Severely amazing!”
8:33 a.m. – Can Ron Paul win Maine? Maybe…
In 2008 Paul finished third in Maine, just three points behind eventual nominee John McCain. Romney won Maine with 52% of the vote. Paul won the northernmost county, Arostook. If Paul wins Maine it will validate his caucus strategy and likely lead to a surge in campaign donations. It does not mean that Paul is suddenly a serious contender for the GOP nomination as Paul has styled his run more as a movement-building campaign. It would be Paul’s first time winning a state in any of his presidential runs.