2016 Maine Democratic presidential caucuses

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The 2016 Maine Democratic presidential caucuses took place on March 6 in the U.S. state of Maine as one of the Democratic Party's primaries ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

2016 Maine Democratic presidential caucuses

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Candidate Bernie Sanders Hillary Clinton
Home state Vermont New York
Delegate count 16 9
Popular vote 2,226 1,231
Percentage 64.17% 35.49%

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Election results by county.
  Bernie Sanders

While on the same day, the Democratic Party didn't hold any other primary, the Republican Party held its Puerto Rico primary the same day.

Opinion pollingEdit

Poll source Date 1st 2nd Other
Caucus results March 6, 2016 Bernie Sanders
64.3
Hillary Clinton
35.5%
Other
0.2%
Critical Insights[1]

Margin of error: 4%
Sample size: 600

September 24–30, 2015 Bernie Sanders
28%
Hillary Clinton
27%
Other/DK/NR 45%

ResultsEdit

Maine Democratic caucuses, March 6, 2016
Candidate State convention delegates Estimated delegates
Count Percentage Pledged Unpledged Total
Bernie Sanders 2,226 64.17% 17 1 18
Hillary Clinton 1,231 35.49% 8 4 12
Uncommitted 12 0.35% 0 0 0
Total 3,469 100% 25 5 30
Source: The Green Papers

AnalysisEdit

Bernie Sanders scored a large two-to-one victory in Maine, thanks to support in a caucus contest (which favored Sanders) and one that had previously voted for Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Maine Democratic presidential caucuses. Sanders won in the cities of Portland and Bangor quite comfortably, but his particular strength was in rural areas outside of the cities where he ran up big margins.

Sanders's landslide Maine victory limited Clinton's success in New England to a slim victory in Massachusetts and a more comfortable win in Connecticut on April 26.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Residents' Views on Politics, the Economy, & Issues Facing the State of Maine". Retrieved 2015-10-16.