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UPDATE: Romney wins Maine straw poll


PORTLAND, Maine (WKOW) -- Mitt Romney won a symbolic straw poll in Maine's multi-day caucuses, putting a positive end on a week where Romney saw former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum, win Republican primary contests in Colorado and Minnesota.

Romney, the former Massachusetts Governor, edged Texas Congressman Ron Paul in the Maine straw poll, with 39% of the vote compared to Paul's 36%.

The other Republican presidential hopefuls, Santorum and Newt Gingrich, did not actively campaign in Maine.


PORTLAND, Maine (WKOW) – As Mitt Romney tries to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat on Saturday, the Maine caucuses prove to be critical.

Romney stepped up efforts to court local Republicans.  Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are not competing in the state, so it leaves Romney in a two-man race with Texas congressman Ron Paul.

Romney hopes Maine will help him move past what may have been his worst week of the campaign.

Romney was beat by Santorum in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado on Tuesday.

Paul will still put up a fight to prove he can win.  His strategy is based on winning smaller caucus states.

On Saturday night, party officials will announce the winner of Maine's weeklong GOP presidential caucuses.

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