Another Romney “Victory” Could Become Hollow

Looks like lightning could strike twice. As you probably recall, Mitt Romney was declared the winner of the Iowa Caucuses on the night of the event, only to later yield the top spot to Rick Santorum when the results were finalized.

Tomorrow in Maine, Republcan caucus-goers in a single county will have the unusual opportunity to overturn last week’s narrow Romney win over Ron Paul, as Katherine Seelye reported last night:

Will Mitt Romney’s victory in Maine’s nonbinding presidential straw poll be overturned?

It seems possible, now that Maine has decided to include in the total vote the results from Washington County, which delayed its caucuses by a week and will vote on Saturday….

Turnout on Saturday in rural Washington County is likely to be much higher than it would have been last week and could be chaotic. Because this is the only county voting — and the margin needed for victory is known — supporters of both Mr. Romney and Mr. Paul could be galvanized to flood the caucus sites.

Sure looks like a heaven-sent opportunity for Paul’s devotees, who excel at packing small rooms. And after the Iowa fiasco, which led to the resignation of the state party chair, another reversal of fortune for Mitt could lead us all to put an asterisk on any close win he registers in the future.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.