2012-02-27 / Maine

Maine Democrats promise comeback

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Democrats kicked off the 2012 campaign season Sunday with a promise of a making comeback in state politics as they held their party caucuses in cities and towns across the state.

“ Maine Democrats are energized,” said Ben Grant, chairman of the Maine Democratic Party, who called the caucuses “the next step in our comeback, where we will continue expanding our grassroots networks in every corner of Maine.”

Democrats lost their longheld grip on power in the State House is 2010, as they lost majorities in both houses of the Legislature and Republican Paul LePage won the governorship.

Republicans have gotten most of the attention this caucus season in Maine, given their party’s competitive fourway race for presidential nominee. The attention was heightened by a controversy over counting of votes in Washington County, where the Feb. 11 caucuses were delayed by a snowstorm. In the end, Mitt Romney secured the most votes in what amounts to a straw poll.

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