Maine Probably Will Back Obama; Romney to Speak at State Convention

Maine will “probably go for Obama”

Former executive director of the state Republican party, Alex Ray, is disappointed with Maine’s politics. “Both congressional seats are up for grabs, but I don’t see any potential at all for Republican victories,” he said.

Ray said Maine has had a “contentious legislative session,” in which Republicans have had to battle the governor. He is not hopeful about the state’s play in national politics, either. 

Maine “has gone further and further to the left [since moving 32 years ago and then recently returning],” Ray said. “I would say that McCain would stand a chance here — although it’s a long shot. This place will probably go for Obama. I can’t figure out why.”

Romney a confirmed speaker at Maine convention

Mitt Romney – who took 52% of the vote at Maine’s Republican primary in February – will speak at the banquet the first night of the convention, said Maine Republican Committee Administrative Assistant Michelle Dale. She said Romney is a confirmed speaker, but said that could change. She also said she does not know the topic of his address. Cal Thomas will also be speaking at the state convention on Saturday.

If you go …

The Maine state convention will take place Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3. It will be held at the Augusta Civic Center (100 Civic Center Drive, Augusta, ME 04330). Friday’s events will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will end with the presidential banquet featuring Mitt Romney by 9:30 p.m. Saturday’s events will begin 8:30 a.m. and will end by 5:30 p.m.

A state committee meeting and dinner to kick off the Republican state convention will be held Thursday, May 1, from 6 to 9 p.m., also in the Augusta Civic Center.

For more information, contact the Maine Republican Party at (207) 622-6247 or see