2012 United States presidential election in Maine

The 2012 United States presidential election in Maine took place on November 6, 2012, as part of the 2012 United States presidential election in which all 50 states plus the District of Columbia participated. Maine voters chose four electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote pitting incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama and his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden, against Republican challenger and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan. Obama and Biden carried Maine with 56.27% of the popular vote to Romney's and Ryan's 40.98%, thus winning the state's four electoral votes.[1] This is the most recent election when the Democratic candidate won Maine's second congressional district.

2012 United States presidential election in Maine

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Nominee Barack Obama Mitt Romney
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Illinois Massachusetts
Running mate Joe Biden Paul Ryan
Electoral vote 4 0
Popular vote 401,306 292,276
Percentage 56.27% 40.98%

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President before election

Barack Obama
Democratic

Elected President

Barack Obama
Democratic

General ElectionEdit

ResultsEdit

2012 United States presidential election in Maine
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic Barack Obama Joe Biden 401,306 56.27% 4
Republican Mitt Romney Paul Ryan 292,276 40.98% 0
Libertarian Gary Johnson Jim Gray 9,352 1.31% 0
Green Jill Stein Cheri Honkala 8,119 1.14% 0
Write-ins Write-ins 2,127 0.30% 0
Totals 724,758 100.00% 4

Results By Congressional DistrictEdit

Barack Obama swept both of Maine's two congressional districts.[2]

District Obama % Obama # Romney % Romney # Johnson % Johnson # Stein % Stein # Representative
1st 59.57% 223,035 38.18% 142,937 1.20% 4,501 1.05% 3,946 Chellie Pingree
2nd 52.94% 177,998 44.38% 149,215 1.44% 4,843 1.24% 4,170 Michael Michaud

By countyEdit

County Obama% Obama# Romney% Romney# Others% Others# Total
Androscoggin 53.62% 28,989 41.12% 22,232 5.26% 2,842 54,063
Aroostook 51.50% 17,777 44.03% 15,196 4.47% 1,543 34,516
Cumberland 61.59% 101,950 34.93% 57,821 3.48% 5,758 165,529
Franklin 55.71% 9,367 37.88% 6,369 6.42% 1,079 16,815
Hancock 56.20% 17,569 39.42% 12,324 4.38% 1,370 31,263
Kennebec 54.29% 35,068 41.05% 26,519 4.66% 3,009 64,596
Knox 58.71% 13,223 36.62% 8,248 4.66% 1,050 22,521
Lincoln 53.88% 11,315 42.37% 8,899 3.75% 787 21,001
Oxford 54.30% 16,330 39.89% 11,996 5.81% 1,748 30,074
Penobscot 49.27% 38,811 46.39% 36,547 4.34% 3,422 78,780
Piscataquis 45.56% 4,149 49.75% 4,530 4.69% 427 9,106
Sagadahoc 55.58% 11,821 39.63% 8,429 4.79% 1,018 21,268
Somerset 48.42% 12,216 46.77% 11,800 4.82% 1,215 25,231
Waldo 52.94% 11,296 42.45% 9,058 4.60% 982 21,336
Washington 48.44% 7,803 46.87% 7,550 4.69% 756 16,109
York 56.22% 61,551 40.10% 43,900 3.68% 4,032 109,483

Democratic caucusesEdit

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Republican caucusesEdit

2012 Maine Republican caucuses
 
← 2008 January 29, 2012 (2012-01-29) – March 3, 2012 (2012-03-03) 2016 →
     
Candidate Mitt Romney Ron Paul
Home state Massachusetts Texas
Delegate count 2 20
Popular vote 2,381 2,264
Percentage 38.0% 36.2%

     
Candidate Rick Santorum Newt Gingrich
Home state Pennsylvania Georgia
Delegate count 0 0
Popular vote 1,138 405
Percentage 18.2% 6.5%

 
Maine results by county
  Mitt Romney
  Ron Paul
  Rick Santorum

The Republican caucuses were held between Sunday, January 29, and Saturday, March 3, at various locations throughout the state of Maine. Presidential preference polls (straw polls) were held at the caucuses, but those polls were not binding on the choices of delegates to the Maine Republican Party convention. The caucuses chose delegates in processes separate from the straw polling.

The state party encouraged all municipal committees to hold their caucuses between February 4 and February 11, although each committee was free to choose a different date.[3] The first caucus was in Waldo County on January 29[4] and the last one in Castine (Hancock County) on March 3.[5] On Saturday, February 11, after 84% of precincts had completed voting, state-party officials announced results of straw polls. The results were revised in a second declaration on February 17 to include previously-missing results from several caucuses. Those statewide totals still did not include the caucuses in Washington County, which had been scheduled for February 11 but postponed to February 18 by predictions of bad weather, nor did they include caucuses originally scheduled to occur between February 16 and March 3. The state Republican Party issued a third statewide compilation on February 24, adding all the February 18 caucuses (scheduled and postponed), but not those for February 16 or March 3. All three statewide totals showed former Governor Mitt Romney leading Representative Ron Paul by small margins, with other candidates well behind.[3][6]

At the State Convention held over the weekend of May 5–6, Ron Paul won 20 out of 24 national delegates. One elected delegate, Governor Paul LePage is uncommitted. Of the three delegates qualified by the party offices they already hold, the state party chairman, Charlie Webster is also uncommitted, while the current National Committeeman and Committeewoman are committed to Mitt Romney.[7][8]

Updated results were released by the Maine GOP on February 24. The new table does not show returns from Rome on February 16 or Castine on March 3, but does include returns from the towns listed above for February 18.[9]

Maine Republican caucuses, 2012[10][11][9]
Candidate Votes
(Feb. 11
count)
Votes
(Feb. 17
count)
Votes
(Feb. 24
count)
Percent
(Feb. 11
count)
Percent
(Feb. 17
count)
Percent
(Feb. 24
count)
Projected Delegates Chosen at State Convention [8][12]
GP [13] CNN [14] AP [15]
Mitt Romney 2,190 2,269 2,373 39.2% 39.0% 38.0% 10 9 11 0
Ron Paul 1,996 2,030 2,258 35.7% 34.9% 36.1% 8 9 10 20
Rick Santorum 989 1,052 1,136 17.7% 18.1% 18.2% 4 3 0 0
Newt Gingrich 349 391 405 6.2% 6.7% 6.5% 1 0 0 0
Others & undecided 61 72 78 1.1% 1.2% 1.2% 0 0 0 1
Total: 5,585 5,814 6,250 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 21 21 21 21
Ex officio delegates (not chosen through caucus process): 1 3 3 3
Total Maine delegates to the Republican National Convention: 24 24 24 24

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Maine Secretary of State". Archived from the original on August 1, 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  2. ^ "State of Maine Certificate of Ascertainment of Electors" (PDF). Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Maine G.O.P. 2012 Caucus Information". Maine Republican Party. January 16, 2012. Archived from the original on May 19, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  4. ^ "Most Waldo County Republicans to caucus on Feb. 4". Waldo VillageSoup. January 27, 2012. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  5. ^ "2012 Hancock County Republican Regional Caucus Districts". Hancock County Republican Committee. Retrieved February 11, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Maine Republican Delegation 2012". The Green Papers. Retrieved February 11, 2012.
  7. ^ "Ron Paul Wins Maine". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Archived from the original on May 8, 2012. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  8. ^ a b Sistler, Steve (May 6, 2012). "Ron Paul in Maine: Delegates in hand, but trouble afoot?". The Maine Sunday Telegram.
  9. ^ a b http://www.mainegop.com/mainegop_presprefpoll_022412.pdf
  10. ^ "Maine Republican Caucuses". The New York Times. Election 2012. Retrieved February 11, 2012.
  11. ^ "Maine Republican Caucuses". USA Today. Election 2012. Retrieved February 11, 2012.
  12. ^ "Paul wins majority of delegates from Maine GOP". Associated Press. Election 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  13. ^ The Green Papers, "2012 Maine Republican Caucus" (February 29, 2012). The Green Papers.
  14. ^ CNN, "Republican Caucuses" (February 12, 2012). CNN.
  15. ^ USA Today, "2012 Maine Republican Caucus" (February 25, 2012). USA Today.

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