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Ron Paul comes to Portland

In preparation for the Maine Republican Party caucuses on February 1, 2, and 3, presidential candidate Ron Paul will open a campaign office on Congress St tomorrow; he'll hold a grand opening party there (437 Congress) between 7-9 p.m.

Paul got 6 percent of the vote in the Michigan primary yesterday, which Mitt Romney won. Paul did better than Fred Thompson (4 percent) and Rudy Guiliani (3 percent). (Side note -- Check out this piece by New York Times reporter Adam Nagourney, which postulates about the outcome in Michigan: "On the most tangible level, the vote on Tuesday was proof from the ballot box of what polls have shown: this is a party that is adrift, deeply divided and uninspired when it comes to its presidential candidates and unsure of how to counter an energized Democratic Party."

Paul isn't the only presidential candidate who's eager for support in Maine, which most other candidates have largely written off. Dennis Kucinich supporters in the state are also trying to rustle up support for their candidate in the Dem's February 10 caucuses; progressives hope that a vote for DK could raise their profile among Maine liberals. (It's not up on the Web site yet, but I have a piece in this week's Phoenix about the strengths and weaknesses of the Kucinich campaign. Check it out.)

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