PORTLAND, Maine — Republican President-elect Donald Trump claimed much of Maine Tuesday, with Democrat Hillary Clinton counting on urban and coastal wins that delivered her most of the state’s electoral votes.
Trump showed strength not just in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, where he picked up one electoral vote, but also in parts of western York and Cumberland counties. Clinton’s support hinged largely on turnout in Portland, which delivered her a 21,000-vote lead over Trump.
It took the Trump campaign victories in 38 different communities, from a 387-vote advantage in Albion to a 1,069-vote in Hermon, to make up that difference, according to early tallies compiled by the Bangor Daily News.
Maine’s map reflected the same degree of surprise as the rest of the country, where Trump supporters in rural parts of the country turned out in force for the political outsider candidate who expressed disgust with the country’s political system and leadership, sometimes butting heads with prominent members of his own party.
Trump’s win in the 2nd Congressional District marks the first time in Maine history that voters directed the electoral college to divide their votes.
Clinton picked up three of Maine’s electoral votes, winning a majority in the southern 1st Congressional District and in statewide voting.
The map for Maine shows the depth of the divisions in Maine’s electorate, who appeared to narrowly elect a Democratic majority to the House and a Republican majority to the state Senate, based on vote totals Tuesday afternoon.