How Maine's Republican Presidential Caucuses work

7:21 PM, Feb 6, 2012   |    comments
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ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine's Republican Presidential Caucuses are underway and will be held all the way up until this Saturday. 

Maine has a unique process for its caucuses that is different from many states.  They aren't held on a specific date at a specific time for the entire state. 

University of Maine Political Science Professor Mark Brewer says the Maine Republican Party gives a lot of discretion to towns and municipalities on how they want to run their caucuses, and they are held at many different locations. 

Here's a little more on how Brewer says they work:

-Voters who attend caucuses support a specific candidate and speak on their behalf.

-Straw polls are then taken, often by a show of hands.  All of the results are counted up and those results are released by the Maine Republican Party at the end of the process.

-Maine will have 24 delegates representing it at the Republican National Convention later this year.

-The delegates are awarded based on the straw poll results, however Maine is not a winner-take-all state.  It's possible the declared winner of the Maine Republican Caucuses will not get all 24 delegates.  That decision is left to the state party.

-The delegates are awarded at the State Republican Convention in May. Republican party officials are expected to release the winner of the Maine caucuses on the evening of February 11th. 

For more information on caucuses in your area, click here.    


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