Maine's Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster said Romney won by a slim margin, the Associated Press reported. The win gave Romney the boost he needed after Rick Santorum swept Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri last week.
Romney barely pushed past Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who drew just 36 percent, The Times reported. Santorum and Newt Gingrich didn't actively campaign in Maine, but Santorum took 18 percent of the vote and Gingrich just 6 percent. Romney didn't hold an election night party, which indicates just how close the contest was, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Just hours earlier Romney won a straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, The Times reported.
Maine's caucuses started on Feb. 4 and continued through the week. Some communities have yet to hold their caucuses, even though party leaders say they don't plan to count those votes, The Times reported.
While many Republicans expected Romney to win in Maine, after his major loss to Santorum this week, renewed importance was placed on Maine, the Chicago Tribune reported.