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USA | Efter tre raka förluster tog Mitt Romney hem Maine med 39 %. Men segern var inte den enda goda nyheten för Romney.

James Rosen, Maine Sunday Telegram, skriver:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney got a much-needed boost Saturday, winning a key symbolic vote over former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania among some of the nation’s most active Republican voters and besting the field in the Maine caucuses.

Romney’s 38 percent-31 percent defeat of Santorum in a straw presidential vote among thousands of activists at the annual convention of the Conservative Political Action Committee bolstered his claim that he can consolidate support among the Republican base.

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In a separate nationwide survey of conservatives conducted by conference organizers, Romney also bested Santorum, though by a narrower margin of 27-25 percent.

The two results, announced shortly before the news that Romney also won the Maine caucuses, were a setback for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and provided fresh evidence that he’s losing ground to Santorum as the strongest alternative to Romney in the GOP White House race.

In Maine, Romney took slightly more than 39 percent of the 5,585 votes cast statewide. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas came in second with 36 percent. Santorum received 18 percent and Gingrich won 6 percent of the caucus vote.

Bild: Framsidan är Maine Sunday Telegram den 12 februari 2012.

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VAL | Republikanerna i Iowa är i full gång med förberedelserna för att kunna hålla sitt ”caucus”.

Någonsin funderat på vad det innebär rent konkret?

David Sessions har skrivit en artikel på The Daily Beast som enkelt sammanfattar vad det hela handlar om.

”Caucuses are much more communal than an ordinary primary where you wait in line to cast a ballot in an individual booth. They serve as both an unofficial election and a selection process for the delegates who will represent the caucus-goers at the precinct and county levels. The two parties have slightly different caucus formats, with one of the key differences being that the Democrats vote publicly and Republicans vote by secret ballot. Each of Iowa’s 1,774 districts will have a meeting place, usually a school, church, or other public building. Only registered party members may caucus, but Iowa voters can change their party affiliation at the door if they like.”

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