Updates from the Maine caucuses (seriously!)

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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!”

Read more: http://thepage.time.com/2012/02/11/as-goes-maine/#ixzz1m6Js0vDm

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.

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