UNITY — Maine Republicans are beginning to hold their local caucuses to choose presidential favorites, but the results won’t be known for a while.

The Bangor Daily News says Republicans in the town of Unity cast their votes Sunday in a straw poll marking one of the first caucuses to be held in Maine this presidential election year.

Republicans have been asked by party leaders to hold their caucuses between Feb. 4 and 11, with statewide results to be announced on the latter date in Portland. The nonbinding results are the first step toward electing Maine’s 24 delegates to the Republican National Convention.

The strongest GOP candidates in Maine are Mitt Romney, who has a strong campaign organization, and Ron Paul, who’s not only organized but has recently visited the state.

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