Maine caucus shaping up to be race between Romney & Paul
Final stretch of Maine caucus
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- Date Feb 11, 2012
Final stretch of Maine caucus
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Well hello everybody 21 delegates at stake in Maine today that may not seem like a lot.
But it's the momentum and headlines that come along with the wind that the poor remaining GOP presidential hopefuls.
Our after at the moment.
Mitt Romney easily winning the Maine caucuses back in 2008 but this ever changing GOP primary.
Nothing is certain.
On line is live in Gloucester Maine with more on what's happening out there hi Molly.
-- -- at the memorial school.
Is -- -- -- -- caucus sites around the states it's very busy today.
By the end of the day about 95%.
Of the caucus sites -- reported in the results.
And the state GOP the party here will release the results of a non binding straw -- and that's when the big -- will happen later on this evening right now the caucus sites people are just beginning to.
Trickle in here in new Gloucester the school.
-- we're keeping an -- -- on.
All the activity all around the state when we talk about The -- the major players are in this race GOP officials are telling us it's former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.
And Texas congressman Ron Paul because Santorum and Gingrich and essentially bypass the states that's where the focus lives on Romney and -- Ron Paul.
Mitt money as you mentioned one here in 2008 he garnered 52%.
Of the vote.
And Ron Paul came in third so both these men have organizational strength -- people are familiar with them here in the state of Maine.
Mitt Romney is a strong organizational across New England he competed in.
Nearby New Hampshire and won there and then of course was the governor of neighboring state Massachusetts as well some pretty familiar with him.
-- unemployment rate is actually lower than the national average.
But the caucus goers the people -- say they're still concerned about jobs.
And here's what Mitt Romney had to say about that earlier today when he was visiting caucus sites.
I know why jobs have gone.
I know what it takes to bring them back.
I know it'll take to make America the best place in the world for job creators innovators and pioneers.
I won't make that happen I'll be able -- that they present Obama effectively.
Well Mitt Romney made his first appearance in this election cycle last night at town hall meeting.
Ron Paul was actually here in late January most recently he's also -- day of course but in those late January appearances.
He held town hall meetings connecting with voters so he's got some effort into this stating he does have a contingent of young enthusiastic.
Which is common for Ron Paul you seem particularly in some of these -- sites where his campaign has decided to focus a lot of their energy.
They're hoping that that would make a real difference this effort in this youth vote they spent a lot of time -- the phones and and there are.
Been working -- -- it'll be really interesting contest to want -- can win here this will be his first victory in the course of this nominating process you can really put -- in the map as he heads into some of these other states.
-- for Mitt -- that would be the fourth winning around because Mitt Romney lost recently at a couple of the states in the west and midwest earlier this week so it's a critical contest despite the fact.
But only about 5500.
Registered a GOP voters turned out 2008 so there's a relatively small turnout when you're talking about things on the national stage.
But it could have a big impact this than the winner loss here could linger for -- while because the next contests are held for over two weeks in Arizona and Michigan the most.
All right my thank you so much for.