AUGUSTA, Maine — While the nation’s attention is focused on Iowa and New Hampshire, plans are taking shape in Maine for presidential preference caucuses.
Republicans, who have several candidates vying for the nomination, are encouraging town and city committees in Maine to hold their caucuses between Feb. 4 and 11. Party officials say that way the party can announce on Feb. 11 who the winning candidate is.
Local Republican committees generally gather by county to hold their caucuses.
On the Democratic side, municipal party caucuses will be Feb. 26, and the presidential caucus date will be March 18 or 25. With President Barack Obama the only party candidate, much of the business will focus on electing delegates to the June state party convention.