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Maine Considers Return to Presidential Primary
05/09/2012 01:09 PM ET  

A proposal by Maine Senate President Kevin Raye would require a legislative committee to draft a proposal to restore primaries that would be considered next year.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Maine's GOP presidential caucuses that sparked a revolution by angry Ron Paul supporters could provide extra support for a bill that would put Maine on a path to return to presidential primaries.

Senate President Kevin Raye introduced the bill after widespread criticism of the GOP caucuses in which Mitt Romney was declared winner before all of the votes were counted.

Raye says primaries encourage greater voter participation compared to caucuses, which are often daylong affairs that tend to appeal to party activists. Opponents tend to focus on the cost of a statewide election.

Raye's proposal, which has been scaled back, would require the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee to draft a proposal to restore primaries to be considered by lawmakers next year.



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