Midcoast supports King, Obama and Pingree in 2012 election
Rockland — Midcoast voters joined the nation in supporting Democratic President Barack Obama in the Nov. 6 election. They also joined the majority of state voters in giving Independent former Maine Gov. Angus King a victory in the race for U.S. Senate.
Democrat Chellie Pingree of North Haven also claimed victory in her bid for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, besting opponent Republican Jonathan Courtney of Sanford. Pingree enjoyed strong support in Knox County Nov. 6.
With results in from all the Knox County towns except North Haven and Warren Nov. 7, the Midcoast returned the following totals (see our election chart to see how each town voted in the key races. Numbers on the chart may be different because it is being updated as new results come in):
Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were supported over Republican Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan by a vote of 14,293 to 8,899.
Local voters supported King as U.S. Senator, giving him 13,456 votes. The U.S. Senate seat is being vacated by Republican Olympia Snowe.
King bested Republican challenger Charles Summers Jr., who received 6,699 votes in the Midcoast towns and Democrat Cynthia Dill, who trailed with 2,763 votes. Summers is Maine's Secretary of State.
Pingree had the home field advantage in her home county and took 14,952 votes. Courtney went down to defeat locally with 6,999 votes.
Residents also voted on a number of bond issues.
Question 2 asked voters to approve an $11.3 million bond issue to provide capital improvements and equipment for the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System and the Maine Maritime Academy.
Midcoast voters supported this by 11,797 to 10,953. Statewide, the bond issue was failing by a slim margin in results reported by the morning of Nov. 7.
Question 3 asked voters to approve a $5 million bond issue to purchase land and conservation easements statewide for public land and water access, conservation and outdoor recreation, and to preserve working farmland and waterfronts to be matched by at least $5 million in private and public contributions.
Midcoast voters supported this by a vote of 14,814 to 8,224, which was in line with state results in which voters approved the bond.
Question 4 asked voters to approve a $51.5 million bond issue for improvements to highways and bridges, local roads, airports and port facilities, as well as for funds for rail access, transit buses and the LifeFlight Foundation, which will make the state eligible for at least $105.6 million in federal and other matching funds.
Local voters supported this by a vote of 17,079 to 6,012. This was approved statewide.
Question 5 asked voters to approve a $7.9 million bond issue for drinking water systems and for wastewater treatment facilities.
Local voters supported this by a vote of 14,585 to 8,289. This was also supported statewide.
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