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Romney wins Maine


Mitt Romney has re-established himself as the top Republican presidential hopeful in yesterday’s Main caucus.

The Maine caucus, for Republicans only in the state attracted around 5,000 votes. Of these Mitt Romney took 39% and Ron Paul 36%. Rick Santorum, the winner of the three previous caucuses, came third with 18% and Newt Gingrich came fourth with just 6%.

The non-binding caucus provides 24 delegates to the Republican National Convention in August.

Elsewhere, the candidates were also in action at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an annual event of conservative activists. CPAC meets every year and is made up of hundreds of organisations, and every year they hold a straw poll part of which adjudges as to who is the best possible Republican candidate.

This year the straw poll was awarded to Mitt Romney who took 38%. Rick Santorum took 31%, Newt Gingrich 15% and Ron Paul 12%. The poll holds no sway in the Republican convention but it is useful for Republican candidates wanting to show their conservative credentials, something which Mitt Romney badly needed this year.

The next caucus is in Guam on 18th February, then Arizona and Michigan on 28th February, Washington on 3rd March and then Super Tuesday on 6th March when ten states will allocate 437 delegates to the national convention.

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