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Maine became 23rd state to be admitted to the union on March 15, 1820 as part of the Missouri Compromise. Maine's original capital was Portland until 1832, when it was moved to the more geographically central city of Augusta. Maine's largest city is Portland.

Demographically, according to the 2000 census Maine has a population of 1,274,923, ranking it 40th among the states. Maine's population density is 15.95/km², the most sparsely populated state east of the Mississippi River.


Environmentally, a case involving the authority of the state government of Maine to regulate the Saccarappa, Mallison Falls, Little Falls, Gambo and Dundee hydro power planets on the Presumpscot River was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on February 21, 2006.


Voting Behavior

Maine has voted Democratic in the last five presidential elections, casting its votes for Bill Clinton twice, Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry (with 53.6% of the vote) in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008. Republican strength is greatest in Washington and Piscataquis counties. Tellingly, John McCain won only Piscataquis County, and of the others, only Washington County gave Barack Obama less than 50% of the vote but still a plurality.

Maine allots its electoral votes not on a winner-take-all system as do all other states except Nebraska, but instead as Nebraska does, giving two electoral votes to the statewide winner and one each to the winner in each Congressional district. Although Maine leans nearly as Democratic as Nebraska leans Republican, the congressional districts of Maine are more similar to each other in voting habits than are the three Congressional districts of Nebraska. It would be very unlikely that in any election in the foreseeable future that the two districts of Maine would vote for two different Presidential nominees.

Maine's U.S. Congressional delegation

Maine State Government

Maine County Governments

Maine Elections

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This page was last modified 22:14, 27 September 2011 by dKosopedia user Jbet777. Based on work by Chad Lupkes and dKosopedia user(s) Pbrower2a, WarrenCohen, Allamakee Democrat, BartFraden, Bdgoodman08, Glibfidget and Jumbo. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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