Yesterday, the Maine Republican Party declared Mitt Romney the winner of Maine's caucuses, which were conducted over multiple days. Romney got 39% (2,190 votes) and Ron Paul got 36% (1,996). Rick Santorum finished third and Newt Gingrich fourth.
Yet in a message to supporters last night, the Ron Paul campaign suggested a chicanery over Maine's decision to declare Mitt Romney the winner before all the votes were counted.
Campaign Manager John Tate called the Washington County GOP decision to postpone the caucus for snow an "excuse." Tate even mocked the decision after the predicted three to four inches of snow resulted in only a "dusting."
"This is MAINE we're talking about. The GIRL SCOUTS had an event today in Washington County that wasn't cancelled."
The campaign claims the votes in Washington County, a Paul stronghold, would have been enough to give Paul his first win.
As the AP reported:
Caucuses in Washington County that had been scheduled for Saturday were postponed until Feb. 18 because of a major snowstorm that blanketed the region. Earlier, party Executive Director Michael Quatrano said county officials had been told the results of that caucus would not count toward the total.
But Washington County GOP Chairman Chris Gardner objected, saying he had known his county's tally wouldn't be included in Saturday's announcement but didn't realize it wouldn't be counted at all. He said he had called state party leaders and "expressed my complete and utter dismay."
Gardner, a Romney supporter, said the snowstorm had left him no choice but to postpone the caucuses.
"Refusal to reconsider under those circumstances would be extremely disheartening," he told The Associated Press. "I trust that the party will make the right decision here."
Calling the decision an "outrage," the Paul campaign declared they will "stay in it to the very end" and that "Paul will win the most delegates out of Maine."
Maine Republicans will meet on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 to elect delegates to the national convention.
In the 2008 GOP caucuses, Romney captured 51% of the vote in Maine while Paul received 18%.