Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Delegate results from Maine

I was getting frustrated with the Maine GOP pulling the same stunts as the Louisiana GOP - report unofficial results at first and then take your sweet time getting to the official results, so I dug around a little and found this press release from the RP camp. As you read the press release please remember, Ron Paul admires the details that make each state unique, remember that he dislikes a strong central government with one way of doing things for all people, out of that way of thinking comes a campaign that says "we will win this race by taking note of those things that make each state's election process unique and using that knowledge to our advantage." Ron Paul sure looks bad in the media, but he is succeeding in his strategy of securing delegates for St. Paul in September. I read this with pleasure.
(writing from the South Loop Ron Paul office in Chicago, IL)

Ron Paul Beats McCain in Maine Caucus, Primed to Win Over 1/3 of State Delegates

In the race for delegates, Ron Paul appears to closely trail Romney for first place

February 4, 2008

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – While most reports about this past weekend’s Maine Caucus focused on the purely symbolic presidential preference poll, in the meaningful race to secure delegates to the state convention Ron Paul is primed to finish second with likely 35 percent of the total delegates.

Delegates to the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis are elected by the state delegates. Internal results from 10 of 16 counties, including the largest cities of Portland, South Portland, Lewiston, Auburn, Augusta, Waterville, Bangor, and Brewer, show Ron Paul picking up 215 of 608 State Convention delegates so far reported, or 35%.

“Ron Paul’s strong second place finish in Maine, in which he beat John McCain, is proof that this race is far from over,” said Ron Paul campaign manager Lew Moore. “We’ll continue to battle for every delegate in this wide-open race for the Republican nomination.”

In the presidential preference poll, with 70 percent reporting, Ron Paul is in third place just two percentage points behind John McCain. However, the Maine preference poll is purely a beauty contest, and in the actual election of state delegates the so-called “frontrunner” McCain is far behind Ron Paul.


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