February 10, 2012

Live Blog: Mitt Romney comes to Maine

By Jason Singer jsinger@pressherald.com
Assistant City Editor / Online

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters at a campaign rally in Grand Junction, Colo. on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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A few stragglers are still funneling in. Around 5:10 p.m., there was a small line to get inside, but it was moving quickly.

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5:26 p.m. — Inside The Portland Company, bleachers holding several hundred people have been arranged to face the west wall of the building, where a stage has been constructed.

Large American flags adorn the windows, and a large "Romney: Believe in America" sign hangs behind the stage. A small group of Romney supporters have been placed on the stage, and will sit behind the candidate as he speaks.

The building is not particularly well-lit or insulated, but Romney presumably chose it for its manufacturing history and industrial feel.

Through one of the uncovered windows, you can see a large, yellow "Liberty: Too Big To Fail" sign across the street. It was hung on a fence by Ron Paul's supporters. Many Republicans think Rep. Ron Paul will beat Romney in the Maine caucuses tomorrow. 

Romney, the presumed front-runner, is hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri on Tuesday.


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5:10 p.m. — Most of the crowd has funneled into The Portland Company Marine Complex at 58 Fore Street in Portland.

A group of Ron Paul protestors are standing across the street from the event, greeting passers-by.

Using a portable stereo system, the protestors played popular songs that had been re-worked with pro-Ron Paul lyrics. At about 5 p.m., a version of Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" blared from the speakers. "We'll make a brand new start of it, vote Ron Paul!" the vocalist crooned

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