Skip to comments.Could blueberry state Maine be a slice of Romney's presidential pie?
Posted on 10/30/2012 4:47:16 AM PDT by Evil Slayer
Reuters) - Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney are scouting an unlikely path to the White House through the vast forests and blueberry barrens of northern Maine.
President Barack Obama is expected to win the Pine Tree State easily in the November 6 election.
Regardless, Romney allies are buying TV time with the hope of carrying the state's thinly populated interior and scraping out one electoral college vote in Maine that could edge their man closer to the 270 needed to win the White House.
With polls showing a dead heat nationally, Republicans in the state are focusing their phone calls and door-knocking efforts on the rural north of Maine -- one of two states that play by a different set of rules in presidential elections.
Most states give all of their electoral votes to the winner, but Maine and Nebraska award one electoral vote to the winners of each of their congressional districts, two in Maine and three in Nebraska.
The candidate who takes the statewide vote -- very likely to be Obama in Maine -- receives an additional two electoral votes, meaning there are a total of four up for grabs in Maine.
Although winning just one electoral vote in northern Maine is still a longshot, Maine Republicans are optimistic about Romney's chances. They point to a private poll that found Romney leading Obama by 5 percentage points in the northern part of the state earlier this month, even though he trailed Obama in the state as a whole.
Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, said it was possible, if not likely, that Romney could win half the state.
"There's not a lot going on on the ground that would lead you to believe he could do this," Brewer said. "But who
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He can carry at least 1 Congressional district.
5 votes out of New England is all Romney will get.
Why is that state so backwardly communist?
For basically the same reason that Vermont went Communist...refugees from other states.Massachusetts,New York,etc.Also,the southern part of the state is now a hotspot for perverts,few of whom were born there.The northern part of the state is still largely natives however.
Because it is 94% white. There are several almost all white states that are among the most liberal. Vermont is another. Those states can vote for their liberal politicians and not have to live with the problems liberal policies invariably cause in minority communities, and among the millions of illegal immigrants.
They vote for policies they don't have to live by, and they feel so good about themselves.
Yet the governor is very conservative. Go figure.
can anyone explain to me why New England is so liberal politically? I spent a fair amount of my youth living in CT and a lot of time in my 20’s skiing in VT and NH. I always have this vision of a New Englander as being the nice good old American couple in their 50’s who love their little rural plot of land and living with the NH creed of “live free or die”
It just baffles me.
Reality still bites them in the ass every once in a while. Wasn’t Maine where all those somalis went because the welfare payments and handouts were better there?
ME is at the end of the line for most goods which have to be shipped in from around the country; additionally, the majority of homes are still heated by oil; state taxes are high; all of this adds up to poor job growth, relatively high unemployment and welfare. Maine has a good slice of the population totally dependent on the feds for welfare and social security payments, thus creating a class of lib voters.
Yep, I think it is Lewiston, Maine where their generous welfare programs attracted large numbers of Somalis from other parts of the US.
I think I know why New England is so liberal. The church that was the backbone of New England since colonial days, the United Church of Christ or the Congregationalists, was taken over by far-left loons and utterly destroyed. Nothing like this has happened in other parts of the country. Most of the Northeast and Midwest were influenced by Methodists, with Lutherans in the northern Midwest. The Southern Baptists have remained intact in the South. In the west the Mormons have been a bulwark with various Protestant denominations strong on the West Coast.
For New England, however, the descendants of the Pilgrims were brainwashed into leftist thinking. Many who did not like it left the church and remained unchurched and did not have their children go to church. While Roman Catholics have been growing in New England and gradually making it more conservative, although many Catholics are liberals, too, so this effect is muted.
In a word, New England is more Communist because it is more Godless and it was nominal Christians (who were, in fact, Communists) who created the godlessness.