PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Mitt Romney hoped to reinvigorate his presidential prospects with a victory in Maine's Republican caucuses while Ron Paul reached for his first triumph in what shapes up as a two-man race. Neither Newt Gingrich nor Rick Santorum actively competed in the state.
The contest winding up Saturday evening received has far less attention than others on the calendar so far. But it's emerged as a crucial opportunity for Romney, the early front-runner now trying to stabilize his campaign after losing Tuesday in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri.
Santorum won all three, further exposing the problems Romney faces in uniting conservatives behind his bid to challenge President Barack Obama.
Speaking to Portland caucus-goers in a packed school auditorium, Romney asked for their help.
Paul, speaking in Lewiston, said he thinks Mainers get his message.