Romney Takes Lead in Caucuses 

Mitt Romney is holding on to his lead in

presidential preference voting among Maine Republicans as returns

from caucuses are being counted.

The former Massachusetts governor has 53 percent of the vote

with 12 percent of the towns holding caucuses reporting. Trailing

are Ron Paul with 21 percent, John McCain with 18 percent, and Mike

Huckabee with 5 percent. Undecided votes account for 2 percent.

The nonbinding votes took place in public schools, Grange halls,

fire stations and town halls, and attendance is said to be heavy


In Portland, where more than 200 Republicans turned up at King

Middle School on this sunny afternoon, Romney took the bulk of the


The Lincoln County caucuses in Damariscotta were also packed,

with nearly 400 people attending.

Republican caucuses are being held in about 410 Maine

municipalities, and most of those are today. The nonbinding

caucuses are the first step toward electing 18 Maine delegates to

the Republican National Convention.