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Live Blog: The Maine Caucuses

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3:53 p.m. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama face off in the Maine caucuses this afternoon, the 32nd state contest (plus 2 U.S. territories) to be held by Democrats so far this election season. Mitt Romney won the Republican caucuses in Maine a week ago.

The Democratic delegate count is basically even between the two Democratic candidates, varying at the margins depending on which estimate one reads.

To date, Obama has won 18 states plus the Virgin Islands while Clinton has won 12 states plus American Samoa (Clinton's state victory total includes Michigan, where Obama was not on the ballot, and Florida - two states which currently will not seat any delegates at the Democratic National Convention due to violation of Party rules). Final results in the New Mexico caucuses are still pending from Super Tuesday's election and are not included in either candidate's state total above; Clinton currently holds a lead of approximately 1,100 votes there.

Maine Democratic Caucus (11% reporting)
Obama = 51%
Clinton = 48%
Uncommitted = 1%

4:22 p.m. Maine Democratic Caucus (44% reporting)
Obama = 57%
Clinton = 42%
Uncommitted = 1%

4:51 p.m. Maine Democratic Caucus (59% reporting)
Obama = 57%
Clinton = 42%
Uncommitted = 1%

Obama appears to be on his way to another caucus victory - it would be his 9th caucus win compared to just one for Clinton (Nevada, with New Mexico caucus results still pending).

5:32 p.m. NBC News projects Obama has won the Maine caucuses - the 19th state in his column during the 2008 campaign.

6:00 p.m. Maine Democratic Caucus (70% reporting)
Obama = 58%
Clinton = 41%
Uncommitted = 1%

9:13 p.m. Maine Democratic Caucus (95% reporting)
Obama = 59%
Clinton = 40%
Uncommitted = 1%

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Remains of the Data

Plurality-Winning Governors Elected At Century-Long High Water Mark

The rate of gubernatorial candidates elected without the support of a majority of voters is at its highest level since the 1910s.

Political Crumbs

Seeing Red

Congressman Nick Rahall's failed bid for a 20th term in West Virginia this cycle, combined with a narrow loss by Nick Casey to Alex Mooney in Shelley Moore Capito's open seat, means that West Virginia Democrats will be shut out of the state's U.S. House delegation for the first time in over 90 years. The Republican sweep by two-term incumbent David McKinley in the 1st CD, Mooney in the 2nd, and Evan Jenkins over Rahall in the 3rd marks the first time the GOP has held all seats in the chamber from West Virginia since the Election of 1920. During the 67th Congress (1921-1923) all six seats from the state were controlled by the GOP. Since the Election of 1922, Democrats have won 76 percent of all U.S. House elections in the Mountain State - capturing 172 seats compared to 54 for the GOP.


Home Field Advantage?

When the 114th Congress convenes in a few days, Maine will be represented by one home-grown U.S. Representative: Waterville-born Republican Bruce Poliquin. With the departure of Millinocket-born Mike Michaud, who launched a failed gubernatorial bid, the Pine Tree State was poised to send a House delegation to D.C. without any Maine-born members for the first time since 1821. Three-term U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (born in Minnesota) coasted to reelection as expected, however Poliquin edged Kentucky-born Emily Cain by 5.3 points to keep the streak alive. Since 1876, a total of 208 of the 222 candidates elected to the nation's lower legislative chamber from the state have been born in Maine, or 94 percent.


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