As I have reported for weeks, the polls in Maine have been showing mixed results for who would take Maine as a whole, as well as who would take Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. Today, November 9, we have actual results from the state of Maine.

As the polls predicted, Clinton was able to secure the overall state vote for Maine and received 2 electoral college votes for the state. She was also able to secure one electoral college vote from Maine’s more urban 1st District located in the southern portion of the state. Trump was able to secure one electoral college vote from Maine’s 2nd District located in the northern, more rural portion of the state. In total, Clinton received 3 electoral college votes and Trump received 1.

These results are not surprising for us since Maine has voted Democratic since 1992. However, we were a little caught off guard with Trump securing 1 electoral vote from Maine’s rural 2nd District. The polls were back and forth on this throughout, but Trump proved to appeal to the white, rural, voter.

Moving down the ballot, we have results from Maine’s Congressional races. In the 1st District, incumbent Chellie Pingree (D) secured her seat once again with 58% of the vote. In the 2nd District, incumbent Bruce Poliquin (R) secured his seat once again with 55% of the vote.

Most importantly, progress was made from referendums in the form of direct ballot questions in Maine. As a reminder, there were 6 questions listed on the ballot.

  1. The proposed question to legalize recreational marijuana for adults over the age of 21.
    • Citizens voted yes, by a margin of less than 3,000 votes.
  2. The proposed question to tax incomes exceeding $200,000 to support public education.
    • Citizens voted yes.
  3. The proposed question to support background checks for non-licensed firearm dealers.
    • Citizens voted no.
  4. The proposed question to raise the minimum wage to $12 by 2020.
    • Citizens voted yes.
  5. The proposed question to allow ranked-choice voting in federal and state elections.
    • Citizens votes yes.
  6. The proposed question to fund a $100 million bond for transportation and infrastructure.
    • Citizens voted yes.

Taking Maine into the national view, the state did not seem to have the big effect that we may have thought at the beginning of these campaigns. If the electoral vote count was closer in the early hours of this morning, Maine might have had a greater impact on the nation; however, the 3 votes Clinton gained from Maine was not enough to send Clinton over the 270 threshold; at the same time, Trump gained more electoral votes from other states that made a larger impact on his win than Maine’s 1 electoral vote.

 

 

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