Maine Caucus: Ron Paul Might Actually Win a State

Unpredictable low-turnout contest favors Paul's unconventional campaign
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2012 12:23 PM CST
Maine Caucus: Ron Paul Might Actually Win a State
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks to supporters during his caucus night party Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, in Golden Valley, Minn.   (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

(Newser) – Tomorrow might be the day Ron Paul supporters have been waiting for: the day the Texas libertarian actually wins a state. Of course, that state would be Maine, which is holding a non-binding caucus that's expected to draw only a few thousand people, but it would still represent a milestone for Paul—and it would be Mitt Romney's fourth straight loss. While Romney won big in the state in 2008, turnout is so low that enthusiasm is all-important, the Washington Post reasons, and Paul supporters are an enthusiastic bunch.

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Maine's caucuses have actually been going on all week, with results to be released tomorrow. The events are tiny—one was held in a party activist's house—and turnout may be even lower than the 5,430 who came out in 2008. It's not a contest Romney's monetary edge can swing. "You can't poll it, you can't win it with a barrage of negative ads, and it isn't even really an election," writes Chris Stirewalt of Fox News. Another plus for Paul: Previously unregistered or unaffiliated voters can register as Republicans at the polls to vote for him, ABC News points out. (Read more Maine stories.)

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