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Ron Paul Is Secretly Taking Over The GOP And It's Driving People Insane (Maine)
Business Insider ^ | February 15, 2012 | Grace Wyler

Posted on 02/16/2012 8:34:06 AM PST by opentalk

By now, it is clear that the Maine caucuses were a complete mess.

Evidence is mounting that Mitt Romney's 194-vote victory over Ron Paul was prematurely announced, if not totally wrong. Washington County canceled their caucus on Saturday on account of three inches of snow (hardly a blizzard by Maine standards), and other towns that scheduled their caucuses for this week have been left out of the vote count. Now, it looks like caucuses that did take place before Feb. 11 have also been left out of final tally.

As the full extent of the chaos unfolds, sources close to the Paul campaign tell Business Insider that it is looking increasingly like Romney's team might have a hand in denying Paul votes, noting that Romney has some admirably ruthless operatives on his side and a powerful incentive to avoid a fifth caucus loss this month

According to the Paul campaign, the Maine Republican Party is severely under-reporting Paul's results — and Romney isn't getting the same treatment. For example, nearly all the towns in Waldo County — a Ron Paul stronghold – held their caucuses on Feb. 4, but the state GOP reported no results for those towns. In Waterville, a college town in Central Maine, results were reported but not included in the party vote count. Paul beat Romney 21-5 there, according to the Kennebec County GOP.

"It's too common," senior advisor Doug Wead told Business Insider. "If it was chaos, we would expect strong Romney counties to be unreported, and that's not what's happening."

...."People feel threatened — they don't want to see a bunch of kids who may have voted for Barack Obama take over," Wead said. "They feel a sense of ownership over the party — but there has to be an accommodation

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Maine; Campaign News
KEYWORDS: gop; larouchies; maine; paul; romney; ronpaul
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1 posted on 02/16/2012 8:34:15 AM PST by opentalk
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So Romney won Iowa until he didn’t and now he’s won Maine exceptt that he might not have.


2 posted on 02/16/2012 8:38:19 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (Obama 2012: Dozens of MSNBC viewers can't be wrong!)
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To: opentalk

So how many states now has Romney strong armed?


3 posted on 02/16/2012 8:38:38 AM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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To: opentalk

I would say this is more about protecting Romney than anything else.

Romney simply can’t afford another loss—especially in a NE state that should go heavily for him.


4 posted on 02/16/2012 8:39:31 AM PST by Brookhaven (Mitt Romney will right-size the economy--just like he did your job when he bought your company)
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To: opentalk

Sounds like friction developing between the Paul and Romney camps. I thought they were buds?


5 posted on 02/16/2012 8:40:09 AM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: opentalk

This is the dumbest article I have read in awhile. And no wonder....this Dartmouth grad interned at Newsweek and is a ‘writer on politic’ ....Is anyone surprized that Mittens plays dirty??? No. Ron Paul is NOT driving the Republicans insane....though he may be driving the Elite insane.


6 posted on 02/16/2012 8:43:03 AM PST by Nifster
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To: opentalk

WA State has had problem with the Libertarians for years. It is not just an effort to disrupt caucuses, it is an effort to disrupt the conventions, as well.

The Paulers think that they can take over the Republicans the same way that the Democratic Socialists of America took over the Democrat Party. The problem is that the Paulers aren’t as patient and are very open about their efforts.

A lot of the Paulers in my area have joined the OWS, as a matter of fact, the Paulers claim to have started the OWS in this area.


7 posted on 02/16/2012 8:43:04 AM PST by Eva
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To: svcw
interesting, more from the article

...A.J. Spiker was just elected as the new chairman of the Iowa Republican Party. Spiker replaces Matt Strawn, who stepped down over this year's Iowa caucus dustup.

In Nevada, the state chair has also resigned over caucus disaster

8 posted on 02/16/2012 8:43:23 AM PST by opentalk
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To: Personal Responsibility
So Romney won Iowa until he didn’t and now he’s won Maine except that he might not have

And Florida, where he won all of the delegates, but really didn't

9 posted on 02/16/2012 8:44:53 AM PST by kidd
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To: opentalk
The Paul campaign believes it has won the majority of Maine's delegates

They said the same in 2008. I remember they had a majority of state delegates in Nevada, but it just lead to a lot of shouting, not any more Paul delegates in the National Convention.

10 posted on 02/16/2012 8:48:11 AM PST by Kleon
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To: kidd

This kind of obvious voter fraud proves Democrats and RINOs are the same damn thing. Romney is a criminal and the RINO elite who support him are criminals as well.


11 posted on 02/16/2012 8:49:16 AM PST by bigdirty
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To: kidd

Which all goes to prove Romney is a Myth....No Kidd n ;~)


12 posted on 02/16/2012 8:49:50 AM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: opentalk

Help! I don’t know html.This thread is incomplete without some Ron Paul photos.


13 posted on 02/16/2012 8:51:58 AM PST by gitmogrunt
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To: Nifster
related article from Daily Caller

Maine GOP adds missing caucus votes, but won’t release updated vote count

... The Maine Republican Party has added additional votes accidentally omitted from Saturday’s caucus results, state party chairman Charlie Webster told The Daily Caller Wednesday. But those votes won’t be publicly released.

“We don’t want any more drama,” Webster told TheDC. “I’ve already got death threats and 1,800 emails.”

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was declared the victor in Maine over the weekend, claiming a slim 194-vote lead over Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

I think it is the shenanigans in elections that drive people crazy.

14 posted on 02/16/2012 8:55:19 AM PST by opentalk
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To: gitmogrunt

Get thee to the html sandbox.


15 posted on 02/16/2012 8:57:10 AM PST by Dick Bachert (Obozo deserves another term: IN LEAVENWORTH. 25 to life sounds about right!)
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To: svcw
Read through thread and do not think anyone mentioned that the AG of VA is investigating the person hired by Newt whose fraud action kept Newt off the ballot. Wonder if he can be tied into GOPEe or Romney's camp.
16 posted on 02/16/2012 8:57:15 AM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: opentalk

The headline sure doesn’t match the article. If Paul were really taking over, it wouldn’t be his votes excluded from counting.


17 posted on 02/16/2012 8:57:37 AM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: opentalk

Just because you’re the kid in school who gets away with flipping of all of the teachers, doesn’t mean you’ll be nominated “most likely to succeed”.


18 posted on 02/16/2012 8:57:37 AM PST by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: opentalk
I will preface my comments so there is NO doubt by the anti-Paul list keepers, I am not a RonPaul voter/supporter, etc.

Romney's campaign is reenacting the Obama campaign. ‘Wall Street’ money to buy a nomination.

19 posted on 02/16/2012 8:58:16 AM PST by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: opentalk

Well maybe Maine should try this new idea of having everybody vote on the same day.

Of course I know the reason for them doing things this way is so the numbers can be manipulated while giving the peope the illusion that they are participating in the process of choosing their own representatives.


20 posted on 02/16/2012 9:10:56 AM PST by cotton1706
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