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United States presidential election in Maine, 2004

 

United States presidential election in Maine, 2004

United States presidential election in Maine, 2004

November 2, 2004

 
Nominee John Kerry George W. Bush
Party Democratic Republican
Home state Massachusetts Texas
Running mate John Edwards Dick Cheney
Electoral vote 4 0
Popular vote 396,842 330,201
Percentage 53.57% 44.58%

County Results
  Kerry—50-60%
  Kerry—<50%
  Bush—<50%
  Bush—50-60%

President before election

George W. Bush
Republican

Elected President

George W. Bush
Republican

The 2004 United States presidential election in Maine took place on November 2, 2004 throughout all 50 states and D.C., which was part of the 2004 United States presidential election. Maine is one of two states in the U.S. that instead of all of the state's 4 electors of the Electoral College to vote based upon the statewide results of the voters, two of the individual electors vote based on their congressional district because Maine has two congressional districts. The other two electors vote based upon the statewide results.

George W. Bush with 44.58%.

Contents

  • Caucuses 1
  • Campaign 2
    • Polling 2.1
    • Fundraising 2.2
    • Advertising and visits 2.3
  • Analysis 3
  • Results 4
    • Statewide 4.1
    • Congressional district 4.2
  • Electors 5
  • References 6
  • See also 7

Caucuses

Campaign

Polling

Out of 15 pre-election polls, Kerry won thirteen of them. By the end of October, all polls showed Kerry over 50%. The final Real Clear Politics average showed Kerry leading 51% to 41.5% with a margin of 9.5%.[2] In three Survey USA polls taken in October, Kerry's numbers increased each time from 49% to 51% to 52%. Also, the final three polls averaged Kerry with 51% to Bush at 45%.[3]

Fundraising

Bush raised $362,522.[4] Kerry raised $1,057,209.[5]

Advertising and visits

Since March 3, 2004 Kerry didn't visit the state once, as Bush visited the state 5 times.[6] A rough total estimate of $400,000 was spent on advertising each week, excluding the last week.[7]

Analysis

Maine is located in Maine was historically a Republican stronghold, in recent years it has trended Democratic in Presidential elections; it has not voted Republican in a Presidential election since 1988. The combination of the above information and the fact that Maine is in the very liberal New England region of the U.S., it has led analysts to portray Maine as a blue state in future elections.

Results

Statewide

United States presidential election in Maine, 2004
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Electoral votes
Democratic John Kerry 396,842 53.57% 4
Republican incumbent) 330,201 44.58% 0
The Better Life Ralph Nader 8,069 1.09% 0
Green David Cobb 2,936 0.40% 0
Libertarian Michael Badnarik 1,965 0.27% 0
Others - 739 0.10% 0
Totals - 100.00% 4
Voter turnout -

Congressional district

Kerry won both congressional districts.[8]
District Bush Kerry Representative
1st 43% 55% Tom Allen
2nd 46% 52% Michael Michaud

Electors

Technically the voters of Maine cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. Maine is allocated 4 electors because it has 2 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 4 electors, who pledge to vote for their candidate and his or her running mate. Whoever wins the majority of votes in the state is awarded just 2 of the electoral votes. The other 2 electoral votes are based upon the congressional district results. Their chosen electors then vote for President and Vice President. Although electors are pledged to their candidate and running mate, they are not obligated to vote for them.[9] An elector who votes for someone other than his or her candidate is known as a faithless elector.

The electors of each state and the District of Columbia met on December 13, 2004 to cast their votes for President and Vice President. The Electoral College itself never meets as one body. Instead the electors from each state and the District of Columbia met in their respective capitols.

The following were the members of the Electoral College from the state. Since Kerry won both congressional districts, all 4 were pledged to Kerry/Edwards.

  1. Lu Bauer, elector for the 1st Congressional district.
  2. David Garrity, elector for the 2nd Congressional district.
  3. Jill Duson, at-large elector.
  4. Samuel Shapiro, at-large elector.

References

  1. ^ "CNN.com Specials". CNN. 
  2. ^ http://www.realclearpolitics.com/Presidential_04/me_polls.html
  3. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/USPRESIDENT/GENERAL/CAMPAIGN/2004/polls.php?fips=23
  4. ^ http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/campaigns/george_w_bush.asp?cycle=04
  5. ^ http://www.campaignmoney.com/political/campaigns/john_f_kerry.asp?cycle=04
  6. ^ "CNN.com Specials". CNN. 
  7. ^ "CNN.com Specials". CNN. 
  8. ^ http://www.swingstateproject.com/diary/4161/
  9. ^ "Electoral College".  
  • US Election Atlas: Maine 2004, by David Leip
  • 2004 election results, Maine Secretary of State

See also

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