Super Tuesday in Maine: a breakdown of the state’s primary results

Mainers voted on March 3 in the Democratic primary ahead of the 2020 presidential election. With the help of New York Times’s reporting, the Echo has provided coverage of the State’s results.

Vice President Joe Biden won the state with 34% of the votes (67,272 votes), amounting to nine delegates.

His main competition, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, received 32.9% of the votes (65,037 votes), also netting him nine delegates. 

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren received 15.8% of the vote, (31,271 votes), not enough to earn her any delegates. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg received 12% of the vote (23,827 votes) and zero delegates.

In Waterville, 738 voted Biden, 783 Sanders, 482 Warren, and 226 Bloomberg.

Portland, the biggest city in Maine, went for Sanders: 8,375 votes for the Vermont senator, 4,742 for Biden, 4,647 Warren, and 1,314 Bloomberg.

Of all the towns in Maine, only six strayed from the two frontrunners, Biden and Sanders. Five towns went for Bloomberg: Lowell (10 votes), Lake View Plt. (9), Piscataquis City Townships (9), Medford (5), and Deblois (4). Northfield went for Warren (6).

The New York Times performed exit polling of 1,416 Maine voters. The majority of the questions produced results in which Biden and Sanders had a difference of less than ten percentage points.

Each generally held somewhere in the mid to high thirties percent of the vote. Warren and Bloomberg were the runners-up. Below are the cases in which there was a greater than 10% discrepancy between Biden and Sanders or a significant boost in Warren or Bloomberg’s votes.

43% of men voted for Sanders, 28% for Biden, 14% for Warren, and 11% for Bloomberg. In comparison, women voted 33% Sanders, 36% Biden, 18% Warren, and Bloomberg 9%.

95% of the voters were white so there was no statistically significant data on how race affected votes.

Warren did well with college graduates: 22% voted for her, 36% voted for Sanders and 32% for Biden, while 9% voted for Bloomberg.

Sanders broke out of the 30s with both those who never attended college (11% of voters) and bachelor’s degree holders. The 11% of Mainers in the exit polls who had not been to college went 44% for him, 29% for Biden, 9% for Warren, and 11% for Bloomberg. 

Bachelor’s degree holders, 27% of the voters in the exit polls, voted 41% for Sanders, 29% for Biden, 18% for Warren, and 10% for Bloomberg. 

Warren shot up into front-runner territory with graduate degree holders (24% of the voters), earning 27% of their votes, while 29% went for Sanders, 35% for Biden, and 7% for Bloomberg.

Sanders won the majority of the 14% of voters who said that they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. They voted 55% for Sanders, 19% for Biden, 23% for Warren, and 1% for Bloomberg.

Biden did not fare well with the 6% of voters who live in a city of 50,000 people or more. He achieved 14% of the vote, well below his usual numbers in the 30s, while 48% went for Sanders, 26% for Warren, and 8% for Bloomberg. 

Small city or rural area residents (44% of exit poll voters) also preferred Sanders, voting 42% for him, 30% for Biden, 16% for Warren, and 9% for Bloomberg.

Those who see themselves as independents voted 46% Sanders and 22% Biden. 12% went for Warren and 15% Bloomberg.

Exit poll voters aligned who they voted for with their degree of liberality or moderacy. Warren saw one of her best exit poll performances with liberals (72% of voters), of whom 21% voted for her, 46% for Sanders, 26% for Biden, and 5% for Bloomberg. 

Bloomberg did well with moderates (26% of voters) compared to his performance in other exit polls. He got 19% of the vote, while 16% went for Sanders, 50% for Biden, and 7% Warren.

Sanders took a clear majority with those who said they were very liberal (32% of the voters), gaining 58% of them. 15% went for Biden, 23% for Warren, and 2% for Bloomberg. 

Somewhat liberals (40% of voters) voted 36% for both Sanders and Biden and 20% for Warren, 7% for Bloomberg.