Caucus Results Look Even Fishier
Will Mitt Romney's
"victory" in the February 11 Maine presidential caucuses
be taken away like his phony victory in Iowa? That now seems quite
possible. The Maine GOP declared the former Massachusetts Governor
the narrow winner of the state's presidential caucus February 11,
but Romney's 194-vote margin of victory over Texas Congressman Ron
Paul is being whittled away as more results have been reported.
state's rural Washington County along with a few other communities
that postponed their caucuses February 11 will hold the final
caucuses Saturday, February 18 and may decide the victor of the
non-binding straw poll.
But GOP Party
Chairman Charlie Webster insists that he will not release updated
results from the additional caucuses, even as he comes under increasing
fire from his fellow Maine Republicans and national Ron Paul campaign
officials. In results in the three counties that have been released
to the public, Ron Paul won more votes than were reported in the
official results. Webster claims that the missing votes when
all of them are counted -- will favor Romney, and that he is not
going to give the press access to updated results. No one
has access, he told the Daily Caller February 15. There
will be no access. We will give it to the committee on March 10.
We are not going to release them [the missing votes]. People can
whine and complain and plead, but Im not going to make them
there were clerical errors in the tally on February 11. What
I tell people is that Im not going to fire my staff because
they make clerical errors, he told the Daily Caller.
My poor staffer is in tears, because people are harassing
County, which will caucus February 18, has some powerful party officials
who are already complaining about Webster's claim he will not announce
updated results. I think its not surprising that there
would be very strong objections to the notion that our votes wouldnt
count in Washington County, Maine Senate President Kevin Raye
(R-Perry) told the Bangor Daily News February 14. Ive
made known my position that those votes should count and the [GOP]
chair said he would take that request to the state committee.
Raye's district is in Washington County.
campaign officials immediately balked about the Maine GOP Chairman's
premature decision to award Romney the victory in advance of the
Washington County caucuses, errors in the official vote totals have
metastasized as more results have become known. "Its
no longer just about Washington County," the Christian Science
Monitor reported February 15. "There are towns whose votes
went uncounted, and other towns whose caucus dates are yet to come.
Plus and heres the big finish the Paul forces
are now fully alerted, and if youve ever been on their wrong
side, you know what that means. Their social media organizations
are going to be focused on turning out more caucus attendees than
the Washington County GOP has ever seen."
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