The Green Papers: Election 2000 
Democratic PartyMaine Democrat
Primary: Tuesday, March 7, 2000
Popular VoteDelegate Votes
Floor VoteHard Total
Gore, Al  34,725  54%   33.  100%   13.   39%
Bradley, Bill  26,520  41%         10.   30%
Uncommitted  2,634   4%         10.   30%
LaRouche, Lyndon  208   0%            
Epstein, Richard Jan  192   0%            
Total  64,279 100%   33.  100%   33.  100%
Voter Eligibility: Modified Open Primary, Polls Close at 8 PM EST (0100 UTC)
Delegate Selection: Proportional Primary

33 total delegate votes - 15 district / 5 at-large; 3 Pledged PLEOs; 9 Unpledged PLEOs; 1 Unpledged add-on

Last modified Sunday, December 24, 2000
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30 April 2000: Unpledged delegate preference update: Gore 8, Bradley 0. Unpledged delegates appear in the "Soft Unpledged" field.

18 March 2000: Unpledged delegate preference update: Gore 6, Bradley 1. Unpledged delegates appear in the "Soft Unpledged" field.

Bill Bradley, having withdrawn from the campaign, is no longer entitled to receive At-Large and unpledged PLEO delegates (rule 9.C). The 2 At-Large and 1 unpledged PLEO delegates originally assigned to Bradley have been reassigned to Gore in our "Soft Pledged". The "Hard Total" however, shows the delegates as originally assigned.

The Popular Vote above is based on official returns from the 7 March Primary.

Here's how we compute the delegate count:
  1. A candidate must receive 15% or more of the total popular vote to qualify for delegates. Discard those votes cast for candidates who do not qualify.
  2. Allocate Congressional District delegates from the qualified vote in each district. Allocate Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates using the statewide qualified vote.
  3. In each jurisdiction:
    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.
ContestGore, AlBradley, Bill
Delegates 23  13  10

Tuesday 7 March 2000: 23 of 33 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Maine Presidential Primary.

  • "15 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 2 congressional districts. In addition, 5 at-large National Convention delegates plus 3 Pledged PLEOs are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide. 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."

The remaining 10 National Convention delegates consist of 9 Unpledged PLEOs and 1 Unpledged "add-on"; these 10 delegates will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

The breakdown of unpledged delegates is:

  • 5 Democratic National Committee members
  • 2 Members of Congress (Representatives)
  • 2 Distinguished Party Leaders
  • 1 add-on

Maine Counties

Maine has 16 Counties and 2 Congressional Districts: 15 counties are wholly within a congressional district; only one county is split between the state's 2 congressional districts.

UNDIVIDED COUNTIES (those wholly within one Congressional District):

  • CD # 1: Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and York
  • CD # 2: Androscoggin, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo and Washington

Only Kennebec County is divided between CDs 1 and 2: the Towns of Monmouth and Wayne in western Kennebec County and the Towns of Albion and China- along with the unorganized territory of Unity- in eastern Kennebec County are in CD # 2. The remainder of Kennebec County (the central portion of the county) lies in CD # 1.

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