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2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Presidential Nominating Process
Municipal Caucuses: Saturday 5 March 2016
District Caucuses / State Convention: Thursday 21 April - Saturday 23 April 2016
23 total delegates - 10 base at-large / 6 re: 2 congressional districts / 3 party / 4 bonus
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29 February 2016: Governor Christopher James "Chris" Christie, Senator Lindsey Olin, and Senator Richard John "Rick" Santorum have requested that their names be removed from the ballot.
Saturday 5 March 2016: All 23 of Maine's delegates to the Republican National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders in today's Maine Municipal Caucuses.
Each Precinct Caucus also chooses the precinct's delegates to the District Caucuses and State Convention.
Statewide delegate computational details:
If a Presidential candidate withdraws, the delegates bound to that candidate become unbound.
Thursday 21 April - Saturday 23 April 2016: District Caucuses and State Convention in Bangor. The National Convention delegates are elected, according to the results of the Presidential Primary, during the 2nd day of the State Convention.
Maine state Representative Deane Rykerson (Democratic) sponsored LD 1422 circa 23 April 2013. The bill sets the date of Maine's Presidential primary to be no earlier than 1 January and at either a date determined by the political parties, 1 week after the New Hampshire primary, or the first Tuesday in March.
Details of the bill:
March 5 Nominating Caucus will ensure Maine Republicans have strong voice in choosing next President of the United States
AUGUSTA – The Maine Republican Party is pleased to announce that it has approved changes to how Republican voters in Maine will nominate the next President of the United States.
Designed to give Maine Republicans a stronger voice in the Presidential race, and increase participation in the political process, the Maine GOP will conduct a one-day Presidential Nominating Caucus at sites around the state on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Maine’s caucuses will be create, essentially, a ‘Super Saturday’ just ahead of what are known as ‘Super Tuesday’ contests across the nation.
“Maine Republicans deserve to have a strong voice in nominating our next President, and this plan does just that,” said Maine GOP Chairman Rick Bennett. “Between now and March 5, 2016, our team will work tirelessly to ensure every Republican who wants to be involved in the political process will know how, and we look forward to working with everyone on March 5, to tell the nation how Maine Republicans feel about the Presidential candidates.”
The caucuses will be held at sites across the state, and voting will be conducted via paper ballots during the caucus. Any registered Republican voter will be provided a ballot, and candidates will be allowed to attend or send surrogates to speak to caucus voters before ballots are cast.
Republicans formally nominate a Presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention, which will be held this year in Cleveland, Ohio, by sending delegates from each state to vote at the national convention. In the past, Maine has selected Republican delegates at the Maine State Convention. The 2016 caucus changes mean that the votes of all Republicans who attend a caucus, not just those who attend the state convention, will directly choose Maine’s delegates.
Statewide caucus results will determine the number of delegates each candidate receives to the national convention, and will be allocated to candidates in proportion to the percent of the vote they receive. If any one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, they will win all of Maine’s delegates.
Maine GOP National Committeeman Alex Willette, who co-chaired the Maine GOP Presidential Nominating Committee, said, “After several public hearings and considering feedback from a great many Republicans across Maine, we feel this is the best decision for Maine. I’m proud of the work we did, and I am excited to see Maine Republicans have a strong voice in the 2016 Republican Presidential Nomination.”
Additional details on caucus times, locations, rules and media availability will be provided by the Maine GOP at the party’s website, MaineGOP.com between now and caucus day.
Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.
|Links Links to other web sites|
|Constitution Links to State Constitutions|
|• Constitution of Maine|
|• Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions|
|• Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics|
|• Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices|
|Legislature Links to State Legislatures|
|• Maine House of Representatives|
|• Maine Revised Statutes|
|• Maine State Legislature|
|• Maine Republican Party|
|Media & others|
|• Bangor Daily News|
|• Journal Tribune - York County - Biddeford - Sanford|
|• Kennebec Journal|
|• Maine Public Broadcasting Network|
|• Maine Today|
|• Politics1.com - Maine|
|• State & Capitol - Gardiner|
|• Sun Journal - Lewiston|
|• The Cape Courier - Cape Elizabeth|
|• The Ellsworth American|
|• The Lincoln County News|
|• The Times Record - Bath - Brunswick|
|• WABI TV - CBS - Bangor|
|• WAGM TV - CBS - Prewsque Isle|
|• WCSH TV - NBC - Portland|
|• WGME TV - CBS - Portland|
|• WLBZ NBC - Bangor|
|• WMTW TV - ABC - Auburn|
|• WVII TV - ABC / WFVX TV - Fox - Bangor|
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