Robert Long

Robert Long

Senior Editor, Southern Maine

 

By Robert Long on March 06, 2016, at 4:23 p.m.
Democrats can support whomever they choose in their local caucus, including someone who will not appear on the ballot as well as no one at all.

By Robert Long on March 06, 2016, at 4:22 p.m.
There is a seven-hour window for all the Democratic caucuses to take place, between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday. The Maine Democratic Party advises participants to report to their caucus about 30 minutes early.

By Robert Long on March 06, 2016, at 4:18 p.m.
Unofficial early returns show Bernie Sanders doing very well in caucuses held in southern Maine and along the coast. Unofficial reports from Brewer and Auburn also reflect a strong showing for the independent U.S. senator from Vermont. But official results and delegate assignments are not expected until 9 p.m. or …

Will official results come before the start of Downton Abbey?

By Robert Long on March 06, 2016, at 4:15 p.m.
The Maine Democratic Party intends to have its final results compiled and announced between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday. The results will be sent to numerous media outlets and posted on the party’s website. In the event of a tie — which is highly unlikely if all caucus …

Superdelegates from Maine

By Robert Long on March 06, 2016, at 4:08 p.m.
Superdelegates committed to Clinton are U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, Maggie Allen and Peggy Schaffer. Superdelegate Troy Jackson is committed to Sanders. Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett, the state’s fifth superdelegate, is uncommitted.

By Robert Long on March 06, 2016, at 4:07 p.m.
The end result of today’s caucuses will be the allocation of 25 delegates to the national convention. The state also has five superdelegates, three of whom are committed to Hillary Clinton and one to Bernie Sanders. The fifth has yet to commit to a candidate.

By Robert Long on March 06, 2016, at 4:05 p.m.
For results of Maine’s 2016 Republican caucuses, click here.

By Robert Long on March 06, 2016, at 4:04 p.m.
Republicans held 22 county-based caucuses. Democrats will hold roughly 530 local caucuses.

By Robert Long on March 06, 2016, at 3:58 p.m.
Clinton and Sanders will debate at 8 p.m. Sunday in Flint, Michigan, two days before that state’s primary. They will likely still be debating when Maine results are announced.

By Robert Long on March 06, 2016, at 3:55 p.m.
As of the end of January, Sanders’ campaign has picked up donations from 214 different Maine ZIP codes, compared with 93 for the Clinton campaign.

By Robert Long on March 05, 2016, at 9:01 p.m.
– A full story on the Maine Republican Party caucuses is posting. We will be back Sunday for similar coverage of the Maine Democratic Party caucuses. Thank you and good night.

CONFIRMED: Cruz wins

By Robert Long on March 05, 2016, at 8:51 p.m.
Delegates: Cruz gets 45.8 percent, followed by Trump, Kasich and Rubio. Cruz gets 12 delegates. Trump gets 9. Kasich 2.

Sanders picks up a win

By Robert Long on March 05, 2016, at 8:32 p.m.
Politico reports that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has won the Kansas Democratic caucuses.

A note on turnout

By Robert Long on March 05, 2016, at 8:26 p.m.
By all accounts, turnout at Saturday’s Maine Republican Party caucuses was strong, far exceeding turnout for past GOP caucuses. But a stronger indication of the impact of caucus turnout will come after Sunday’s Democratic caucuses. We will then be able to compare turnout between the parties to see if there …

By Robert Long on March 05, 2016, at 8:06 p.m.
Party officials are now saying results should be announced around 9 p.m.

By Robert Long on March 05, 2016, at 7:52 p.m.
Silly me. Kentucky holds caucuses, not a primary, as I mistakenly wrote in the previous post. In any case, Trump maintains his lead there, although we are still very early in the vote-tallying process. In Maine, we are still awaiting official results from party leaders.

By Robert Long on March 05, 2016, at 7:35 p.m.
Donald Trump has jumped into an early lead in the Kentucky primary, but with only 5 percent of the votes reported. Ted Cruz is second there. Meanwhile, it is looking more and more like a win for Cruz in Maine. Still awaiting official results in the Pine Tree State.

By Robert Long on March 05, 2016, at 7:27 p.m.
Ted Cruz’s supporters appear very confident as they await official results. Unconfirmed reports are that he has won at least 13 Maine county caucuses.

By Robert Long on March 05, 2016, at 7:05 p.m.
Voting should be done in all Maine Republican caucuses. Results will be announced by party leaders in Lewiston.

By Robert Long on March 05, 2016, at 6:44 p.m.
– REMINDER: We expect statewide results not long after 7 p.m. Stay here to see if Ted Cruz seals the deal on a Maine win that would surprise many political observers.