The Green Papers: Maine 2008 General Election
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Primary: Tuesday 10 June 2008
General Election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Electoral Votes:4(0.74% of 538)
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
2002-2010 Representatives:2(0.46% of 435)
2000 Census:1,277,731 (0.45% of 281,998,273)
Estimated Voting age population (November 2000):968,000
Registered Voters (November 2000):882,337
Tuesday 10 June 2008 polling hours 6:00a EDT (1000 UTC) to 8:00p EDT (0000 UTC). Voting places open between 6:00a EDT and 10:00a EDT depending on the size of the town.
Tuesday 4 November 2008 polling hours 6:00a EST (1100 UTC) to 8:00p EST (0100 UTC). Voting places open between 6:00a EST and 10:00a EST depending on the size of the town.

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Maine State and Local Government

Maine 2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats, Republicans, Third Parties

19 December 2008 certified returns: Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions - Tabulations for Elections held in 2008

24 September 2008: Synchronized with Maine Bureau of Corporation, Elections and Commissions.

The state legislators who will meet over the two years from 2009 through 2010 will make up the 124th MAINE LEGISLATURE. (NOTE: the numbering of Maine's LEGISLATURES dates back to its Admission as a State in 1820: the Legislature beginning in 1821 and ending in 1822 was the 1st; each session was thereafter numbered consecutively on an annual basis (the legislators of both houses being elected for one-year terms) through the 59th, which ended in 1880; the 60th Legislature, the first for which both chambers were elected for two-year terms, was in session from 1881 thru 1882 and every Maine Legislature from then on has, therefore, been numbered on such a biennial basis).

19 September 2008: Preliminary -- synchronized with Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions - Upcoming Electons

30 August 2007: As a cost-cutting measure, Maine is considering canceling the state's 2008 primary elections. Maine spends about $300,000 every other year on primaries. If the primaries are eliminated, parties would select their candidates by caucus. Media article.

10 June 2008 Primary results from a media source.


President  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime. Electors: 4 (The candidate receiving the greatest number of votes statewide receives 2 electors. The candidate receiving the greatest number of votes in each of the 2 Congressional Districts receives that district's elector.), How Appointed, Meeting Place, Duly Appointed Presidential Electors, List of Presidential Candidates.
Up for election in 2008
  Elected Democratic 421,923 57.71% Senator Barack Hussein Obama
(4 Electoral Votes)
Vice President: Senator Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr.

FEC P80003338: $778,642,047
  Candidate Republican 295,273 40.38% Senator John Sidney McCain, III
Vice President: Governor Sarah H. Palin

FEC P80002801: $399,826,076
  Candidate Independent 10,636 1.45% Ralph Nader
Vice President: Matt Gonzalez

FEC P20000527: $4,520,160
  Candidate Green 2,900 0.40% former Congressman Cynthia A. McKinney
Vice President: Rosa A. Clemente

FEC P80004930: $240,360
  Candidate Scattering 431 0.06% OTHERS
  Candidate Write-in; (HeartQuake '08)     Jonathan Edward Allen
Vice President: Jeffrey Stath

FEC P80005119: $95,029
  Candidate Write-in; (Constitution)     Charles Obadiah "Chuck" Baldwin
Vice President: Darrell L. Castle

FEC P80005499: $262,010
  Candidate Write-in; (Libertarian)     former Congressman Bob Barr
Vice President: Wayne Allyn Root

The candidate who receives the greatest number of votes statewide receives 2 electors. The candidate who receives the greatest number of votes in each Congressional District receives that district's elector.

  Obama McCain Nader McKinney OTHERS
District 1 232,145 144,604 5,263 1,362 252
District 2 189,778 150,669 5,373 1,538 179
Statewide 421,923 295,273 10,636 2,900 431

Source: November 4, 2008 General Election Tabulations - U.S. President - Congressional District and Statewide Totals (Summary).

FEC P80005580: $1,405,899
Total 731,163 100.00%  

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 110th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Republican Senator Olympia J. Snowe
First elected: 1994; re-elected 2000, 2006
[also served in U.S. House-elected: 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992]
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012

Class 2
Seat up for election
Republican Senator Susan M. Collins
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 1996; re-elected: 2002, 2008
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 10 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Leans Republican - Republican Senator Susan M. Collins
  Elected Republican 444,300 61.33% Senator Susan M. Collins
FEC S6ME00159: $7,593,350
  Candidate Democratic 279,510 38.58% Congressman Thomas H. "Tom" Allen
Congressman CD 1

FEC S8ME00080: $5,998,773
  Candidate Scattering 620 0.09% OTHERS
  Candidate Write-in; (Unenrolled)     Roscoe I. Bartlett,
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent)     Laurie Dobson
9 September 2008: Filed a U.S. District Court lawsuit (Dobson v Dunlap) regarding ballot access against the Maine Secretary of State. She lost the case on 17 September and is removed from the ballot. Ms. Dobson submitted her petitions to the town clerks on time however some clerks did not submit the petitions to the Secretary of State by the deadline.

FEC S8ME00098: $14,262
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent)     Herbert J. Hoffman
30 June 2008: The Maine Democratic Party is challenging Mr. Hoffman's candidacy petitions in Superior Court. A Maine Superior Court ruled in favor of Mr. Hoffman on 14 June but the Maine Supreme Judicial Court unanimously removed him on 28 July 2008. On 14 August 2008, Mr. Hoffman requested injunctive relief from the U.S. Supreme Court however on 20 August 2008 Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter turned down a request that would have given an independent candidate in Maine for the U.S. Senate a place on the General Election ballot. On 29 August, injunctive relief was denied in Federal Court. He is now running as a write-in candidate. He filed an emergency motion with the U.S. District Court on 5 September 2008 requesting it to reconsider however the motion was denied on 9 September.

FEC S8ME00114: $43,301
Total 724,430 100.00%  

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms. GOVERNOR is the only Statewide elected officer, All Governors

  Democratic Governor John Elias Baldacci
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Chair up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit
  Candidate Green     Lynne Williams

110th U.S. House of Representatives  2 year term, Election Cycle 2006, 2008. No Term Limit. 110th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
2 Democratic (1 Open, 1 Renominated)

CD 1
Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Thomas H. "Tom" Allen
First elected: 1996
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Open Seat - Candidate for Senate in 2008
 Polls: Democratic former Senate Majority Leader Chellie M. "Hannah" Pingree
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 205,629 54.90% former Senate Majority Leader Chellie M. Pingree
FEC H8ME01120: $2,239,046
  Candidate Republican 168,930 45.10% former state Senator Charles Edward "Charlie" Summers, Jr.
Currently deployed in Iraq

FEC H4ME01111: $655,635
Total 374,559 100.00%  

CD 2
Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Michael H. Michaud
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2002
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 10 June 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman Michael H. Michaud
  Elected Democratic 226,274 67.44% Congressman Michael H. Michaud
FEC H2ME02097: $792,499
  Candidate Republican 109,268 32.56% Farmington Selectman John Newton Frary
FEC H8ME02128: $293,611
Total 335,542 100.00%  

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 3 incumbents, 4 candidates
  Republican: 2 incumbents, 4 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Green (affiliates): 2 candidates
  Libertarian: 1 candidate
Other Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates): 1 candidate
  HeartQuake '08: 1 candidate
  Independent: 3 candidates
  Unenrolled: 1 candidate
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Scattering: 2 candidates
  Write-in: 6 candidates
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.


Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from an election authority that the person so listed will actually appear on the ballot.
FEC indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary "Total Receipts" for candidates for Federal Office.


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