Yep, it took place Saturday, February 2nd, and is yet another win on Romney’s belt. However, it’s just another win the media largely ignores.
Story from the AP:
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) â€” Mitt Romney coasted to a win in presidential preference voting by Maine Republicans on Saturday, claiming his third victory in a caucus state and fourth overall.
The former Massachusetts governor had 52 percent of the vote with 68 percent of the towns holding caucuses reporting. John McCain trailed with 21 percent, Ron Paul was third with 19 percent, and Mike Huckabee had 6 percent. Undecided votes accounted for 2 percent.
The nonbinding votes, the first step toward electing 18 Maine delegates to the Republican National Convention, took place in public schools, Grange halls, fire stations and town halls across the state.
The Associated Press uses presidential preferences expressed in those caucuses to project the number of national convention delegates each candidate will have when they are chosen at Maine’s state convention, calculating that Romney will wind up with all 18 delegates when all is said and done.
Campaigning in Minnesota, Romney noted that his victory in Maine came despite McCain’s endorsement by the state’s two U.S. senators.
This is why Romney can’t be entirely counted out for Super Tuesday even though the decks are being stacked against him. Many prominent Republicans such as Schwarzenegger and even Texas Governor Rick Perry continue to endorse McCain. Romney hasn’t had such media attention yet there has been a serious groundswell of conservative support from Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Rick Santorum just to name a handful, and there are many more.
I think McCain’s popularity among the Republican mainstream “establishment” is illustrating how much of a disconnect there may be between conservative talk radio and Republican politicians. The moderate voices in the Republican Party are flocking to McCain yet the conservative wing is now trying to rally around Romney.
The dynamic are so interesting to watch. I don’t think there is as much division right now on the Democratic side, everyone seems to agree they like both Obama and Clinton. If anything, the establishment such as the Kennedy’s are embracing Obama as the outsider.
We’ll have Super Tuesday analysis later today along with video of several candidates on the morning political shows on the site throughout the afternoon.
Oh, and there’s some football game or something today… 🙂
McCain has now said he “assumes” he’ll get the nomination.
That’s getting a bit cocky for someone who has single handily energized the conservative base of the Republican Party against him and for Romney.
Here’s the story from CBS’s 2008 blog, From The Road:
NASHVILLE, TN — As John McCain continues to pick up endorsements his numbers in the polls continue to remain strong, McCain sounds confident about his chances for the GOP nomination on Tuesday and at times even for the presidency.
â€œI know that I can win the presidency once I win your nomination,â€ he told an audience today at a rally in Nashville.
After the event he tried to reel back on his bold statement. â€œI hope I am not too confident about Tuesday. I am guardedly optimistic. I think weâ€™re doing well,â€ he said.
â€œI sense a feeling of momentum but weâ€™re not taking anything for granted. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™re campaigning literally 24/7 between now and Tuesday. We are taking nothing for granted.â€
McCain said heâ€™d assess the overall political situation after Tuesday, but then his confidence came through again.
One might even say it’s downright cheeky. He is basically all but assured people he’s getting the nomination. Keep in mind, it’s mathematically impossible for Super Tuesday to determine a nominee as not enough delegates are being awarded.
I think McCain will win more delagates but Romney will also win a decent amount since most of the states aren’t winner-take-all.