Saturday, February 2, 2008

Romney leads in early returns in Maine

(CNN) — Republican Mitt Romney had an early lead in Maine's GOP caucuses as the first returns were counted Saturday, with the state party reporting unusually heavy turnout.

The former Massachusetts governor had 53 percent of the vote with 47 percent of caucuses reporting their final tally. John McCain followed with 22 percent, Ron Paul with 19 percent, and Mike Huckabee with 5 percent.

The non-binding votes are the first step toward electing 18 Maine delegates to the party's national convention this August.

Republican caucuses were being held between Friday and Sunday, with most on Saturday. The state's Democrats will hold their presidential preference votes at caucuses on February 10.

(results updated 7:45 p.m. ET)



[Source: CNN Political Ticker - Posted by FreeAutoBlogger]