AUGUSTA — The Waldo County Republican Committee is calling for a censure of the state GOP chairman because of problems with the presidential caucuses.

The committee held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening, and members initially made a motion to call for Charlie Webster’s resignation or removal from the job as state chairman. Ultimately, they adopted a motion asking the state committee to censure Webster.

“The consensus from the floor was anger,” said Raymond St. Onge, the Waldo County chairman.

St. Onge will present the message at the next state committee meeting March 10. Other county officials also are frustrated that not all votes were counted, but it’s not clear whether others will join in a formal action.

Webster has been under fire from many Republicans and especially from Ron Paul supporters for declaring Saturday that Mitt Romney won the preference poll even though the Washington County caucus had been postponed because of a snowstorm. It later turned out that votes taken in other communities, including Waterville and most of Waldo County, also were not included in the vote totals for unknown reasons.

In Waterville, 30 people voted in the caucus and the result was 21 for Paul, five for Romney, three for Newt Gingrich and one for another unspecified candidate, according to updated results.

Paul won Kennebec County with 43 percent of the vote, while Romney had 32 percent, Rick Santorum had 16 percent and Gingrich had 6 percent. Two Kennebec towns haven’t voted yet; Rome holds its caucus today and Clinton on Saturday.

Webster said some communities were left out inadvertently because of clerical errors. He has refused to issue a corrected count, saying only that the results did not change.

Webster also has said the Washington County caucus that was postponed until this Saturday is not likely to give second-place finisher Ron Paul enough votes to take the lead from Romney.

John Richardson — 620-7016

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