Mitt Romney Edges Ron Paul in Maine Caucuses

The GOP frontrunner regains momentum after losses to Rick Santorum.
3:53 | 02/11/12

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He got 39% of the vote Bob Paul a close second with 36%. And we should -- just moments before this Romney was given another crucial endorsement from a huge group of conservative voters who was working so desperately to -- he's one of them. Tonight that group gathered in Washington signaling bombing is now there guy the former governor late today winning the straw holdings saw their 38%. Topping Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich the united your voice your vote and ABC's David -- leads us -- in Washington right here David good evening. Good evening David -- just became a very good day for Mitt Romney after a bad week with Rick Santorum sweeping those three primaries so what did he do Mitt Romney he threw -- the playbook. And he's -- -- rating his campaign. Mitt Romney quoted in the days thank you place trying to get back on the winning track. All of a sudden there were town hall meeting for -- excited thank you. And this morning -- -- -- -- governor radicals a sprint to caucuses around the state I want to have -- -- Romney still trying to convince Republicans he is severely conservative. If I'm president I won't reverse all of them -- bomber -- efforts to attack religion. It -- religious conscience of the public life. Or it was a two man race in -- Romney and Ron Paul both desperate for a win. -- important because you know the challenges that morning and a witness that he and I hope I sure hope it's today. Not confident. But all drew hope from the fact that Romney was forced to probe resources and last minute campaigning in the main mistake as long as -- in the -- since -- -- -- -- and -- -- -- -- -- -- the voting in Maine -- the straw poll of conservatives at C pac called the Woodstock of the right. These are conservative activists who went for Romney strongly over the rest of the field. And they were fired up today. When the rock star of the -- took the -- They saying they keep your gains will keep our -- our dad our hot. Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin lit into President Obama. And despite some buzz she might -- candidate no endorsement was made but she -- make what sounded like a jab at the front runner. -- is someone who can't -- -- -- and -- you constitutional. Conservative principles. And Aaron our hands it. The Romney campaign very happy tonight in fact after the C -- endorsement the Mitt Romney tweeted I'm honored to of one the C packs drop all the data they really have to be ecstatic. About what happened in -- Last minute run into the state campaign very hard and win. Get the campaign back on track a very good night for Mitt Romney did right ABC's David -- leading -- -- in Washington David thanks to you a lot of bring in our political director Amy Walter who. Helped -- our -- -- political team behind the scenes here at ABC news and Amy how big of a deal was dismaying when we just learned of. This was a big deal Romney needed this win -- he got swept in that. Three contests earlier this week. He needed to show that he can come back and hold onto that title for runner of course just one of two wins we're learning up tonight the conservative voters gathered in Washington. Signaling there for him now and we hurt him in the last 24 hours telling them. I was a severely conservative Republican governor using the were conservative or conservatism. 29 times in a speech lasted 26 minutes so apparently worked. That's right and even more important is that he beat Rick Santorum in this tropical on turf that is. And should be good for Rick Santorum social issues are the areas the Rick Santorum does very very well this was a crowd that likes that Rick Santorum message. Mitt Romney beat him there.

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