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BELFAST — The Maine Republican Party drew criticism over the weekend for declaring Mitt Romney the statewide winner without results from Washington County, where voters had planned to meet on the same day as the statewide announcement — Feb. 11 — but canceled the night before based on reports of a potential winter storm.
A press release, issued by the party on Saturday, downplayed the importance of Maine's caucuses, describing them as a "beauty contest" in which "there are no national delegates 'won' or 'bound' to any Presidential candidate."
The release described some caucuses as having "decided not to participate" in the poll, choosing instead to caucus after the statewide announcement. This was followed by the disclaimer that, "Their results WILL NOT be factored into this announcement after the fact."
In a nutshell, tough luck Washington County.
And, as it turns out, most of Waldo County, where voters from 18 towns gathered for municipal caucuses in a countywide event held a week before the announcement. In the press release from the Maine GOP, results from all but one of those communities were given as a series of zeros below the name of each candidate, as though no one had voted.
Northport was the exception. The town participated in the countywide event and results consistent with those provided by the local organizer were listed in the statewide press release.
Between Feb. 4 and Feb. 11, a number of Maine's 16 counties held countywide gatherings, where attendees collectively listened to various candidates, their representatives and other speakers but caucused as individual communities.
In some cases, results from those gatherings were included in the press release issued Saturday. Knox County, for example, held a countywide event on Feb. 4, the same day as Waldo County, and results from participating Knox County communities were included in the party's official press release.
According to Mike Quatrano, executive director of the Maine Republican Party, and the person who issued the press release, the omission of the Waldo County votes was not a typo. Quatrano did not offer to review the results, but said simply that what appeared on the press release was what was counted by the party.
The GOP leader noted the deadline for local caucus organizers to submit results and chalked up the rows of zeroes after dozens of towns around the state, including 17 of the 18 that participated in the Waldo County event on Feb. 4, to either a lack of participation or a failure by organizers to submit results.
According to Raymond St. Onge, who organized the multi-town Waldo County gathering, neither was the case.
Speaking on Feb. 13, St. Onge said he submitted the results of the Feb. 4 caucuses to the party immediately after the event, which was held a week before the deadline, and said he didn't realize that the votes were not factored in the statewide results.
"They had the numbers to count," said St. Onge, referring to state party officials. "Why they didn't include them, I don't know the answer to that."
According to figures supplied by St. Onge, Ron Paul came out the winner among the 18 towns that gathered on Feb. 4 with 43 votes, followed by Rick Santorum with 41.
Mitt Romney, who was declared the statewide winner in Maine by GOP officials, took third place with 35 votes, collectively, among the 18 towns. And Newt Gingrich, who several participants at the Feb. 4 event described as the only candidate who could stand up to Barack Obama, came in a distant fourth with 18 votes.
Five Waldo County towns, including Frankfort, Montville, Palermo, Stockton Springs and Unity held separate caucus events, the results of which were counted in the statewide results.
St. Onge noted that the tallies from the more than 100 total votes cast at the Feb. 4 countywide event wouldn't have been enough to sway the final statewide outcome.
"But they would have changed the margin of victory," he said.
I just called the Maine GOP
Submitted by MattMcDonald on Mon, 02/13/2012 - 12:05.
I served as the Chairman of my Caucus in Belfast and I just called the State office to make sure they had the numbers from Belfast and the number they had wasn't not even close to the actual vote. They said that Romney won, when in fact Ron Paul won.
This is happening all over Maine.
What I did was give her the right numbers, and then called the Vice-Chairperson of my caucus to let her know what happened. The person at the Maine GOP office didn't sound really interested in what I had to say until I told her that we publicly counted the ballots in our caucus, then her ears perked up.
Party officials announced at the end of the Riverton Elementary School caucus that there had been a discrepancy in the final tally of state delegate ballots, and that they had received 19 more ballot sheets than they had the green index cards that voters turned in when they took their ballots. That meant that the results of Portland’s state delegate race – at least, for the time being – were void.
that the GOP announced that her area favored Gingrich, which was a total lie.
She said regarding Charlie Webster, “At 6:30 he announced ‘some people’ “didn’t care” — didn’t want to be a part of the process. Blanchette said this is an absolute lie. She added Chris Gardener said publically that on Friday, February 10th, that Washington County was cancelled.
That cancellation of Washington County, she reiterated, was a ruse. While she didn’t rule out weather as being an issue, she did say that in Maine people like herself have in the past endured two or three feet of snow with subzero temperatures without any issue. The point is, she said, the people of Washington County were led to believe that cancellation wouldn’t matter, because they were told their “votes would still count.” So on that basis alone they agreed. So, the weather isn't the issue.
Well OutKast, 6 votes here, 23 votes there, 12 votes here, a couple dozen over there, and boom. We have a different outcome.
Can I ask you something? Maybe I missed it, but have you ever explained your hatred for Dr Paul? Have you mentioned who you support?
Please don't deny you hate or highly against Dr Paul either. It's painfully obvious to even, the casual reader of any thread where the mention of Dr Paul comes up. You are always there. Attack, attack, attack!!
It's almost like you have an alert siren on your computer to let you know when a thread concerning Dr Paul pops up on ATS. Do you have one?
Originally posted by Gmoneycricket
reply to post by OutKast Searcher
I am going to vote ron paul
have you figured out a way to insult me yet?
Tell me how stupid I am
or how I don't have the right to vote in America anymore?
Just turn around
I am the old man behind you in line waiting to vote.