The GOP Maine caucuses were held from February 4th through February 11th. Those caucuses were slated to be counted as official caucus votes. Any caucuses outside that time period would not be counted. After the count, thought to be the official count, Mitt Romney won over Ron Paul by 200 votes. Big problems now however. Some county votes within the proper timeline were not counted. State tally sheets were simply blank. It was a “clerical error.” Washington County was forced to change their caucuses to the next Saturday (outside the designated timeline) due to a snowstorm, and now want their votes counted. It’s a mess in Maine and you have to consider that it might be by design.
However, a review of the town-by-town results released Saturday by the Maine GOP suggests that some communities that had caucused prior to Feb. 11 were not counted. Nearly all Waldo County towns held caucuses on Feb. 4 but those towns were blank in the results released by the state party. Additionally, Waterville held its caucuses ahead of time but were not included in the results.
Waldo County GOP Chairman Raymond St. Onge said the results were sent to the state party on Tuesday, Feb. 7. He said those results probably would not have changed the outcome but was disheartened the votes were not included.
St. Onge said he spoke to party officials late Tuesday about why Waldo County’s results were omitted.
The Ron Paul campaign believes they had a good chance to win Washington Country this time. Who did the uncounted votes February 4th and through the 11, go for? Is Romney still in the lead? Will the GOP allow the intended but cancelled Washington County caucus votes to be counted? Sloppy. Sloppy. It’s possible Romney did not win Maine. If so, that’s the second time a win for Romney was negated. Maine caucus votes are not binding and electoral votes will not be awarded until the Maine Republican State Convention, but if it doesn’t matter, why are candidates spending time and money in these states? They matter – the image of the win matters. According to the Maine GOP, they will not address the missing votes or the Washington County votes until March 10th. You have to ask if the GOP is not protecting Romney for as long as possible.