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2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
Municipal Caucuses: Sunday 10 February 20081
State Convention.: Saturday 31 May - Sunday 1 June 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein2,079  59.43%15.0  46.88%24.0  75.00%
Clinton, Hillary Rodham1,397  39.94%9.0  28.12%8.0  25.00%
Uncommitted18   0.51%8.0  25.00% 
Others4   0.11%  
Edwards, John Reid   
Total3,498 100.00%32.0 100.00%32.0 100.00%

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The Maine Democratic Party reports the results of their 31 May - 1 June 2008 State Convention (MAINE DEMOCRATS ANNOUNCE ELECTION RESULTS AS INSPIRATIONAL 2008 CONVENTION DRAWS TO AN END): "Democrats selected the 24 delegates and 3 alternates that will cast their votes in Denver at the Democratic National Convention. Maine will send 15 pledged delegates for Senator Obama and 9 for Senator Clinton to Denver—the same result as the projected delegate allocations following the caucuses."

The Maine Democratic Party reports 43,866 total attendees in their 10 February 2008 caucuses.

Here is how we estimate the delegate count (Based on complete 10 February 2008 Municipal Caucus results obtain from a party source on 15 April 2008. Note that no National Convention delegates are allocated until the Saturday 31 May 2008 State Convention.):

  1. A candidate must receive 15% or more of the total popular vote to qualify for delegates. Discard votes cast for those candidates who do not qualify. Clinton and Obama have qualified for delegates.
  2. Allocate Congressional District delegates from the qualified vote in each district. Allocate Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates using the state-wide qualified vote.
  3. In each jurisdiction (CD and statewide):
    1. Total qualified vote = total votes cast for the qualifying candidates in the jurisdiction.
    2. Allocation = (delegates for the jurisdiction) × (candidate's popular vote) ÷ (total qualified vote).
    3. Assign each candidate the WHOLE NUMBER of delegates.
    4. If delegates remain, allocate each of the remaining delegates to those candidates with the LARGEST REMAINDERS.

Saturday 10 February 2008 Municipal Caucus Results
National Convention Delegate Estimate
Source: Maine Democratic Party 2008 Caucus Results
CD21,6441,63279163.92947163.07139  3  
PLEO3,4973,47632,0791.79421,3971.206118  3  
At-Large3,4973,47652,0792.99131,3972.009218  3  
Delegates  24  15  9      

Information from a Party source: Maine Democratic Party's Caucus Homepage

Maine Democratic Party, 10 February 2007:

"Exactly 1 year from today, on February 10th, 2008, Maine Democrats will caucus to choose our preference to become the next President of the United States. The 2008 Presidential Preference Caucus will be open to registered Maine Democrats; those who are not enrolled in any party will be allowed to register as a Democrat at the location in order participate in the caucus."

Reference: Maine Delegate Selection Plan

Unpledged delegates as of
29 January 2008: Clinton: 2, Edwards: 2
31 January 2008: Clinton: 2
12 February 2008: Clinton: 2, Obama: 1
29 February 2008: Clinton: 1, Obama: 2
12 May 2008: Clinton: 1, Obama: 3
2 June 2008: Clinton: 1, Obama: 4
3 June 2008: Clinton: 1, Obama: 6
4 June 2008: Clinton: 1, Obama: 7


Sunday 10 February 2008: The Municipal Caucuses choose delegates to the State Convention. Such Municipal delegates are allocated to presidential contenders in proportion to the percentage of the support each candidate receives at the Municipal Caucus. The apportionment of delegates to the National Convention by Presidential Preference will be determined by the delegates at the State Convention.


Saturday 31 May - Sunday 1 June 2008: State Convention. 24 of 32 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the presidential preference of the delegates in attendance at the State Convention. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at either the congressional district or statewide level.

  • 16 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally based on the delegates presidential preferences in each of the State's 2 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 9
    • CD 2: 7
  • In addition, 8 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based the support for the presidential contenders in the State Convention as a whole.
    • 5 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 3 Pledged PLEOs

The remaining 8 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 7 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 4 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 2 Members of Congress (0 Senators and 2 Representatives).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.
  • 1 Unpledged "add-on" (selected during the State Convention).

These 8 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Maine Delegation (as posted by, 18 July 2008)

Pledged District61016
Pledged PLEO123
Pledged At-Large235
Total Pledged91524
Alternate Pledged District123
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large011
Total Alternates134
Unpledged  8
Credentials Committee  1
Platform Committee  1
Rules Committee  1
Pages  2
Pledged District 1ClintonChristopher BabbidgeKennebunk, ME
Pledged District 1ObamaBenjamin GoodmanKennebunk, ME
Pledged District 1ObamaCraig HickmanWinthrop, ME
Pledged District 1ObamaJon HinckPortland, ME
Pledged District 1ObamaRobert O'BrienPeaks Island, ME
Pledged District 1ClintonMark OuelletteScarborough, ME
Pledged District 1ObamaTracie ReedPortland, ME
Pledged District 1ObamaRachel Talbot- RossPortland, ME
Pledged District 1ClintonLinda ValentinoSaco, ME
Pledged District 2ClintonJoseph M. BaldacciBangor, ME
Pledged District 2ObamaAnne CzechanskiBar Harbor, ME
Pledged District 2ClintonBetty JohnsonLincolnville, ME
Pledged District 2ObamaPar KettisCastine, ME
Pledged District 2ObamaEmily MilesBangor, ME
Pledged District 2ObamaScott RuffnerBangor, ME
Pledged District 2ClintonMary Jane SchepersBar Harbor, ME
Pledged PLEOObamaDavid BrightDixmont, ME
Pledged PLEOClintonCynthia DillCape Elizabeth, ME
Pledged PLEOObamaHannah PingreeNorth Haven, ME
Pledged At-LargeObamaJill DusonPortland, ME
Pledged At-LargeClintonKatherine "Kate" EpsteinBrunswick, ME
Pledged At-LargeObamaRita MoranWinthrop, ME
Pledged At-LargeClintonPenelope SnowSouth Portland, ME
Pledged At-LargeObamaRaymond WynnePortland, ME
Alternate Pledged District 1ClintonPhilip L. Bartlett, IIGorham, ME
Alternate Pledged District 1ObamaDiane DenkKennebunk, ME
Alternate Pledged District 2ObamaElaine MakasLewiston, ME
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaJames VarnerOld Town, ME
Delegation Chair
 John KnutsonAugusta, ME
Delegation Vice Chair
 Marianne StevensKingfield, ME
Unpledged Add-On Gwenthalyn PhillipsBangor, ME
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Thomas AllenWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Mike MichaudWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Jennifer DeChantBath, ME
Unpledged DNC Member Sam SpencerPortland, ME
Unpledged Governor Hon. John BaldacciAugusta, ME
Credentials CommitteeObamaKaren HarrisCape Elizabeth, ME
Platform CommitteeObamaPar KettisCastine, ME
Rules CommitteeClintonVirginia ManuelLittleton, ME
Page John HennessyPortland, ME
Page Dorothy MelansonFalmouth, ME

1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.


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