Romney Wins Maine Caucuses

He will likely earn 18 delegates in lightly contested contest
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2008 10:38 PM CST
U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, right, R-Maine, talks to a crowd gathered at a local Republican caucus in Lewiston, Maine, on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008. Snowe encouraged all to support presidential hopeful John...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Mitt Romney easily won the lightly contested Maine caucuses tonight. Though the caucuses amount to a nonbinding preference poll,  Romney will likely gain all of the state's 18 delegates to the national convention, the AP reports.  With about 70% of precincts reporting in, Romney had 52%, McCain 21%, Ron Paul 19%, and Mike Huckabee 6%.

Only Romney and Huckabee made any serious attempt to sway voters here. "The people of Maine joined those from across the nation in casting their vote for conservative change in Washington," said Romney, who detoured from the campaign trail today for the funeral of Mormon leader Gordon Hinckley. "Like many Americans, the people of Maine are tired of Washington promises made but broken."