Update: Romney Takes Maine Event


UPDATE 5:00 p.m. Saturday

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign showed some signs of life Saturday night in winning 39 percent of the popular vote in Maine's caucuses. 24 delegates were at stake.

But Romney shouldn't be overly confident. Texas Congressman Ron Paul came in a close second with 36 percent of the vote.

Earlier Saturday, Romney won a straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Committee gathering in Washington, D.C., nabbing 38 percent from the large group of right-wing voters. Former Pennsylvania Congressman Rick Santorum pulled in 31 percent of the straw poll.

Next on the calendar: primaries in Arizona [29 delegates] and Michigan [30 delegates], before the all-important Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses when 10 states, including Idaho hold GOP contests.

ORIGINAL POST 11:00 a.m. Saturday
Traditionally, states like Idaho and Maine don't get too much attention during the presidential nominating contest. But 2012 continues to offer a grab bag of surprises. While Idaho awaits its turn to hand out 32 delegates on Tuesday, March 6, Maine comes into the spotlight tonight.

Maine's GOP caucus is turning into a two-man contest between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Congressman Ron Paul. After losing three contests to former Pennsylvania Congressman Rick Santorum, Romney is looking for a win and has ramped up his campaign to include a half-dozen Maine stops.

Main has not voted Republican in a presidential election since 1988.

Romney has already scheduled his first 2012 visit to Idaho for next Friday, Feb. 17. Santorum will be holding campaign rallies in Coeur d'Alene and the Treasure Valley on Tuesday, Feb. 14.