After losing to Ron Paul a year ago, Mitt Romney won the majority of votes at the premier conservative gathering of the year, the Conservative Political Action Committee conference.
Rick Santorum 31
Newt Gingrich 15
Ron Paul 12
The Romney campaign also worked aggressively behind the scenes for a strong showing, including busing students from colleges along the Eastern Seaboard to show their support.Also:
A Republican source confirms to me that Romney's camp bought registrations at CPAC to ensure their victory at the straw poll.For a candidate who's trying to shake the narrative that he's an out-of-touch rich fuck (to put it bluntly), buying up victories isn't exactly the way to do so.
Romney narrowly won the sparsely attended Maine caucuses taking place through the week, and ending Saturday.
Ron Paul 1,996
Rick Santorum 989
Newt Gingrich 349
But that's not all. It turns out that several areas in Maine postponed their vote because of a threatened snow storm. The storm, of course, failed to materialize, and the Paulist conspiracy theorists are out in full force—the state party chief conveniently declared the caucus results final, despite the incomplete results. Nate Silver analysed whether Paul could actually end up winning Maine, and the answer is "maybe, if they work hard at it."
So there you have it: Romney bought himself one victory, and the other appears premature, if not outright stolen—all par for the course for the year's worst campaign (and that includes Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann and Newt Gingrich).