MAINE 4 Electoral Votes 
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Population 
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Maine Department of the Secretary of State)

Total Resident Population, July 1, 2019 est.                        1,344,212
Total Registration, Nov. 2020                                                 >

Maine has: 16 counties.
Five largest counties: Cumberland, York, Penobscot, Kennebec, Androscoggin. 

Government
Governor: Janet Mills (D) elected 2018.
State Legislature: Maine Legislature   House: 151 seats   Senate: 35 seats
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U.S. House: 2D, 0R - 1. C.Pingree (D) | 2. J.Golden (D).
U.S. Senate: Angus King (I) re-elected in 2018, Susan Collins (R) seeking re-election in 2020.
2020
U.S. Senate: In a nationally targeted race, Sen. Susan Collins (R), first elected in 1996 and seeking a fifth term, faces House Speaker Sara Gideon (D), teacher and peace activist Lisa Savage (I), the Green nominee, and retired financial planner Max Linn (I).  While most attention is focusing on Collins and Gideon, Savage is hoping to achieve a strong showing under the ranked choice voting system. 
House:
In ME-2 (the northern 80% of the state),
freshman Rep. Jared Golden (D) faces businessman and former state Rep. Dale Crafts (R).
State Legislature: All 151 House seats and all 35 seats are up,
Ballot Measures:
No statewide ballot measures qualified.
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Note. Maine Statutes, Title 21A 802 states, "One presidential elector shall be chosen for each congressional district and 2 at large."
General Election -- Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Voter Registration Deadline: "You can register to vote until, and including, Election Day."



Anyone registered to vote in Maine can request an absentee ballot and return it to their municipal clerk's office either by mail or in person.

Mainers can also vote early at their municipal clerk's office.


On the ballot
  PDF1, PDF2
 
Biden/Harris (Dem.)


De La Fuente/Richardson (All.)


Hawkins/Walker (Grn.Ind.)


Jorgensen/Cohen (Lib.)


Trump/Pence (Rep.)




Overview: Maine adopted a system of awarding electors by congressional district in 1972.  In 2016 Trump carried ME-2 (the northern 80% of the state) by a comfortable 14.81 percentage points, picking up one electoral vote; this was the first time a split had occurred. 
 
  There  have been several changes since 2016.  In 2018 under the ranked choice voting system, ME-2 narrowly elected a Democrat to Congress, in addition to electing a Democratic governor.  Moreover, although state Republicans put up a fight, in 2020 Maine is going to be the first state to use ranked choice voting in a presidential general election (releases; 1, 2, 3).  This has attracted attention from the Green (+) and Alliance party campaigns.
   The presidential campaigns and parties and outside groups are actively campaigning (D, allies | R), and the high-profile U.S. Senate race should boost turnout.

Trump  |  Biden
[State Primary: July 14, 2020]
Presidential Primary -- Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Democrats 
Biden 68,729 (33.94%), Sanders 66,826 (33.00%), Warren 32,055 (15.83%), Bloomberg 24,294 (12.00%)...  Total 205,937.  details

32 Delegates: 16 District, 5 At-Large, 3 PLEO and 8 Unpledged.

Republicans 
Trump 95,360 (83.85%), Blank 18,368 (16.15%).  Total: 113,728.



General Election Winners in Maine, 1992-2016
1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016
Clinton*
38.76%
Clinton
51.62%
Gore
49.09%
Kerry
53.57%
Obama
57.71%
Obama
56.27%
Clinton**
47.83%
*In 1992, Perot finished second just ahead of Bush in Maine. **Clinton won stattewide, but Trump carried CD-2, thereby earning one electoral vote.
  
and the details...

General Election -- Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Voting Eligible Population*: 1,060,905.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 70.5%.



Voter Registration Deadline: "You can register to vote until, and including, Election Day."




Official Results >

 
Clinton/Kaine (Dem.)
357,735
(47.83)
Johnson/Weld (Lib.)
38,105
(5.09)
Stein/Baraka (Grn.Ind.)
14,251
(1.91)
Trump/Pence (Rep.)
335,593
(44.86)
w/ins (4)
2,243

Total........747,927


Write-ins: Darrell Castle 333, Cherunda Fox 7, Laurence Kotllikoff 16 and Evan McMullin 1,887
Total ballots cast 771,892 includes 23,965 blank.
 
CD 1

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+Clinton/Kaine (Dem.)
212,774
(53.96)
Johnson/Weld (Lib.)
18,592
(4.71)
Stein/Baraka (Grn.Ind.)
7,563
(1.92)
Trump/Pence (Rep.)
154,384
(39.15)
w/ins (4)
1,016
(0.26)
Total........394,329



CD 2

 
Clinton/Kaine (Dem.)
144,817
(40.98)
Johnson/Weld (Lib.)
19,519
(5.52)
Stein/Baraka (Grn.Ind.)
6,685
(1.89)
+Trump/Pence (Rep.)
181,177
(51.26)
w/ins (4)
1,221
(0.35)
Total........353,419


Overview: Maine's electors are chosen by congressional district.  Clinton achieved a statewide plurality of 22,142 votes (2.97 percentage points), carrying six counties to ten for Trump.  However, Trump campaigned in and won CD2, a large rural district covering the northern and western part of the state, thereby gaining one of the state's four electoral votes.  Trump made four post-primary visits to the state, while Clinton made none.
   Gov. Paul LePage (R) was one of very few governors to endorse Trump during the primaries, on Feb. 26, 2016 (although
his first choices were Gov. Christie and former Gov. Bush).  Sen. Susan Collins (R) stated she would "not be voting for Donald Trump" in an op-ed that ran in The Washington Post on Aug. 8, 2016 (>). 
   Maine was one of eight states where Gary Johnson (L) obtained 5-percent or more of the vote.  The pro-Johnson Americans Deserve Better PAC made a bit of a splash with a two-week radio, TV and online ad buy in CD2 in August [PDF].

   Closely contested ballot measures helped boost interest the election.  Maine had the third highest turnout as a percentage of voting eligilble population after Minnesota and New Hampshire.
Clinton  |  Trump
BALLOT [PDF]
 
General Election -- Tuesday, November 6, 2012 
Voting Eligible Population*: 1,036,242.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 70.6%.



Voter Registration Deadline: "You can register to vote until, and including, Election Day."




Official Results >

 
Johnson/Gray (Lib.)
9,352
(1.31)
Obama/Biden (Dem.)
401,306
(56.27)
Romney/Ryan (Rep.)
292,276
(40.92)
Stein/Honkala (Grn.)
8,119
(1.14)
write-ins
2,127
(0.30)
Total........713,180

Write-ins: Rocky Anderson (Just.) 62, Ron Paul (Rep.) 2,035, and Jill Ann Reed (Unaff.) 30.
Total ballots cast 724,758, includes 11,578 blank ballots.
2012 Overview
Obama/Biden gained a plurality of 109,030 votes (15.35 percentage points), winning every county but Piscataquis (the large county in North Central Maine is the state's least populous). Maine's electors are chosen by congressional district, and Maine Republicans talked up the possibility of winning in CD2 (northern and western).  However, unlike in 2008 none of Republican principals visited; RNC chair Reince Priebus' Sept. 28 visit to a Victory center in Westbrook may have been the highlight.  The Democratic principals were likewise absent.  The only visits in the Fall were Green Party nominee Jill Stein's trip on Sept. 1 including CannaFEST and LIbertarian VP nominee Jim Gray's appearance at the University of Southern Maine in Portland on Sept. 21.  Stein achieved her best showing at 1.14%.  Maine had the fifth highest turnout as a percentage of voting eligilble population (after MN, WI, NH and CO).
Obama  |  Romney
BALLOT [PDF]

General Election -- Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Voting Eligible Population*: 1,024,699.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 71.4%
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Total Registration: 942,825.
Dem. 310,950 (32.98%)   Rep. 258,147 (27.38%)   Grn Ind. 27,354 (2.90%)   Unenrolled 346,374 (36.74%)

Official Results >


McCain/Palin (Rep.)
295,273
(40.38)
McKinney/Clemente (GrnInd.)
2,900
(0.40)
Nader/Gonzalez (Ind.)
10,636
(1.45)
+Obama/Biden (Dem.)
421,923
(57.71)
Others
431
(0.05)
Total........731,163

Total votes cast: 744,456
2008 Overview
Maine was one of six states where the turnout rate in the presidential election was actually less than in 2004.  The Obama-Biden ticket won with a plurality of 126,650 votes (17.33 percentage points).  McCain visited Kennebunkport and South Portland on July 21, Sarah Palin rallied in Bangor on Oct. 16, and Todd Palin made several stops on Oct. 11-12.  The McCain campaign made a play for the 2nd CD, hoping to pick up one electoral vote, but the margin there was 189,778 votes for Obama (54.61%) to 150,669 votes for McCain (43.35%) and 7,090 for Nader, McKinney and others. 
Obama/Allies  |  McCain/Allies  |  Nader

General Election -- Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Voting Eligible Population*: 1,003,792.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 73.8%.


Registration: Dem. 319,198 (31.17%)   Rep. 287,452 (28.07%)   Grn Ind. 24,155 (2.36%)   Unenrolled 393,151 (38.40%)   ...Total 1,023,956.

Official Results


Badnarik/Campagna (Lib.)
1,965
(0.27)
Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
330,201
(44.58)
Cobb/LaMarche (Grn.Indep.)
2,936
(0.40)
+Kerry/Edwards (Dem.) 396,842 (53.57)
Nader/Camejo (The Better Life) 8,069
(1.09)
Peroutka/Baldwin (Const.)
735
(0.10)
Others
4
Total........740,752
 

2004 Overview
The Kerry campaign secured a plurality of 66,641 votes (8.99 percentage points).  Kerry carried the 1st CD by 55.07% to 43.14% with 1.79% to the other four candidates (211,703 to 165,824 and 6,865).  The 2nd CD was somewhat closer 51.95% to 46.13% and 1.92% (185,139 to 164,377 and 6,844).  The presence of Mainer Pat LaMarche on the Green Independent ticket did not help its performance significantly.
General Election Details
Kerry/Allies  |  Bush/Cheney '04
[Primary Election and Referendum Election:  June 8, 2004]
General Election -- Tuesday, November 7, 2000
Voting Eligible Population*: 969,292.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 67.2%.


Registration:
Dem. 297,405 (31.40%)   Rep. 278,228 (29.37%)   Ref. 3,114 (0.33%)   Grn Ind. 8,743 (0.92%)  Unenrolled 359,699 (37.98%)   ...Total 947,189.
Official Results           


Browne/Olivier (Lib.)
3,074
(0.47)
Buchanan/Foster (Ref.)
4,443
(0.68)
Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
286,616
(43.97)
+Gore-Lieberman (Dem.)
319,951
(49.09)
Nader/LaDuke (Grn.)
 37,127
(5.70)
Phillips/Frazier (Const.)
 579
(0.09)
Other
 27
 - 
Total........651,817

2000 Overview
In 1992 and 1996, Mainers provided Ross Perot with his strongest showings percentagewise of any state. They have twice elected independent Angus King as governor.  While the two House members are Democrats, both Senators are Republicans.  About 38% of the electorate are unenrolled voters.  In short, Maine's voters tend to be independent-minded.  In 2000 they backed Gore with a plurality of 33,335 votes (5.12 percentage points).  He carried the 1st CD, which covers Southern Maine up to Augusta, by 50.52% to 42.59% with 5.82% for Nader (176,293 to 148,618 and 20,297).  The 2nd CD was closer--indeed right up to Election Night the Bush camp had hopes of gaining one elector--but it did go for Gore 47.43% to 45.56% with 5.56% for Nader (143,658 to 137,998 and 16,830).
General Election Activities

1992 and 1996 General Elections
  1992
Clinton (Dem.).......263,420
(38.76)
Perot (Ind.)............206,820
(30.43)
Bush (Rep.)...........206,504
(30.39)
Others (3+w/ins)........2,755
(0.41)
Total........679,499

1996
Clinton (Dem.).......312,788
(51.62)
Dole (Rep.)............186,378
(30.76)
Perot (Ref.).............85,970
(14.19)
Nader (Grn.).............15,279
(2.52)
Others (3+w/ins).......5,482
(0.90)
Total........605,897
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