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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
Municipal Caucuses: Sunday 26 February 2012
County Conventions: Tuesday 6 March - Saturday 31 March 20121
State Convention.: Saturday 2 June - Sunday 3 June 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein 31.0  83.78%35.0  94.59%
Uncommitted 6.0  16.22% 
Not Announced  2.0   5.41%
Total 37.0 100.00%37.0 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein was updated 26 February per the 2012 Delegate Selection Plan as of 25 September 2011 and again on 22 January 2012.


9 January 2012 update: Maine has moved its 1st determining step, the Municipal Caucuses, from Sunday 11 March to Sunday 26 February 2012. The party has requested a timing waiver from the DNC.

28 January 2012 update: Since National Convention delegates are not pledged by the caucuses, there is no need for a waiver. The first determining step will be at the 6 March County Caucuses.

"Delegate selection primaries, caucuses, and conventions will begin on the first Tuesday in March..." [Reference: 2012 Delegate Selection Rules for the Democratic National Convention: Rule 11.A.]

Participation in Maine's delegate selection process is open to all registered voters who are enrolled in the Democratic Party. A resident may register to vote on the day of the caucus.

Sunday 26 February 2012: The Municipal Caucuses meet from 1 to 8 pm EDT to 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 but can be estimated using the results of today's caucuses.

Based on the report below, we have soft counted Maine's 31 pledged delegates for President Obama.

27 February 2012 Maine Democratic Party Press Release: "The Maine Democratic Party had great turnout as they caucused in more than 400 municipalities ... kicking off the 2012 election season, despite the fact that the Democratic Presidential nominee has already been chosen ... Today's attendees selected delegates to the Democratic State Convention, elected Municipal Officers and County Committee members.... Democratic candidates, elected officials and representatives from Democratic campaigns all attended today's caucuses where more than 4,500 Mainers turned out for the municipal caucuses ...

Tuesday 6 March - Saturday 31 March 2012: March County Conventions. No earlier than 6 March and no later than 31 March each County Committee shall hold a caucus for the purpose of allocating delegates by presidential preference within that county. [Section III, A. 8.]


Saturday 2 June - Sunday 3 June 2012: State Convention. 31 of 37 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 March County Conventions. 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.

  • 20 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally based on the delegates presidential preferences in each of the State's 2 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 11
    • CD 2: 9
  • In addition, 11 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based the support for the presidential contenders in the State Convention as a whole.
    • 7 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 4 Pledged PLEOs

The remaining 6 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 6 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 4 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 2 Members of Congress (0 Senators and 2 Representatives).
    • 0 Governors.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.

These 6 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Maine Delegation (as posted at, 20 August 2012)

Margaret "Maggie" AllenMadison
Philip BartlettGorham
Ira BittuesLewiston
John BrautigamFalmouth
Emily Ann CainOrono
Ralph C CarmonaPortland
Justin ChenetteSaco
Stephanie CliffordCape Elizabeth
Susan J CookBath
Nathan DavisPortland
Paul DavisBrewer
Diane DenkKennebunk
Jill DusonPortland
Pam FenrichFalmouth
Jeremy FischerPortland
Stan GerzofskyBrunswick
Anne GrahamNorth Yarmouth
Benjamin GrantPortland
Darcy HalvorsenSouth Portland
Corey HascallFalmouth
Craig HickmanWinthrop
Barry HobbinsSaco
Betty I JohnsonLincolnville
Kurt KeefHerman
Elaine MakasLewiston
Dottie MelansonFalmouth
Michael H MichaudLewiston
Janet T MillsFarmington
Rita MoranWinthrop
Robert R O'BrienPeaks Island
Mark OueletteGorham
Chellie PingreePortland
N. Diane PoirierLewiston
Roland PoirierLewiston
Rick RedmondPortland
Helen ReganHarpswell
Elizabeth ReinholtStratton
Thomas ReynoldsLewiston
Ginette RivardCaribou
Reid ScherWindham
Samuel ShapiroWinslow
Sam Spencer 
Sam SpencerPortland
Adam SpeyKennebunk
Sara StalmanBrooklin
Marianne StevensKingfield
Bronwen TudorGeorgetown
Robert Alan WakeWindham
Chris WinsteadBangor

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


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  Primaries at a Glance  
  Historical Analysis of the Presidential Nominating Process  
  Historical Analysis of the apportionment of delegate votes at the National Conventions of the two major parties  
  Primary/Caucus/Convention Glossary  
  Statutory Election Information of the Several states / Presidential Primary  
  Dates of PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES re: selection and/or allocation/distribution of Delegates to Major Party National Conventions  
  Major Third Party (Constitution, Green, Libertarian) Presidential Nomination Process  
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