Ron Paul: I've Got 'Good Chance' in Maine

Romney also in the state pushing for votes tonight
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2012 11:52 AM CST
Ron Paul: I've Got 'Good Chance' in Maine
Chris Burton holds a sign in support of Ron Paul outside a caucus Saturday in Portland, Maine.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

(Newser) – The GOP chairman in Maine thinks tonight's results from a straw poll linked to caucuses will be close—as in fewer than 200 votes separating Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, reports the Kennebec Journal. He's just not predicting which candidate will finish on top. It's a nonbinding poll, meaning no delegates will be awarded, but both Romney and Paul are in the state to rally supporters.

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"I think we have a very good chance," said Paul today at a caucus in Sanford, according to AP. Romney will "be better off if he wins it and I'm going to be a lot better off if I win. So this will give me momentum and it will just maintain his. It's a pretty important state as far as I'm concerned." Romney, meanwhile, played himself up as a conservative, as he did yesterday at CPAC. "In my home with my mom and dad I learned conservative values," he said. "I want to ask you and the people of Maine for your vote." Neither Newt Gingrich nor Rick Santorum is competing in the state. (Read more Ron Paul 2012 stories.)

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