Voters from Lincolnville to Waldoboro were nearly divided evenly March 3 between support for Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination.

Midcoast voters were overwhelmingly opposed to vetoing a law that limits exemptions for vaccinations to medical reasons.

In last week's Democratic primary, Sanders received 3,135 votes compared to 3,005 for Biden. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts came in a distant third with 1,707 votes and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg finished fourth with 1,018 votes. U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard received 76 votes.

The other candidates on the ballot dropped out prior to the March 3 vote and received few votes.

Warren dropped out of the race after Super Tuesday, leaving Sanders, Biden, and Gabbard as the remaining candidates.

Sanders won the majority of votes in Appleton, Hope, Islesboro, Lincolnville, North Haven. Rockland, Vinalhaven. Waldoboro, Warren and Washington.

Biden received majority support in Camden, Cushing, Friendship, Owls Head, Rockport, South Thomaston, St. George, Thomaston and Union.

The two top candidates tied on Matinicus with five votes each.

Vaccination referendum

The effort to veto a law approved last year by the Maine Legislature and signed by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills to eliminate exemptions for religious and philosophical reasons failed when Maine voters overwhelmingly rejected the veto referendum.

The Midcoast also overwhelmingly voted to retain the law, rejecting the veto referendum 11,866 to 4,436.

“We are humbled by the results,” said No on One Campaign Co-Chair Dr. Laura Blaisdell.

"Question One asked voters if they wished to repeal Maine’s new vaccination law eliminating non-medical opt-outs for vaccinations that protect against a number of childhood diseases.

"Although vaccination against illnesses such as measles, mumps, whooping cough and polio have long been a requirement for attending schools, rising levels of non-medical opt-outs have dropped protections to dangerous levels.

“Mainers are very pragmatic folks, and we do our best to learn the facts before deciding how to vote. In this case, with every major medical organization and all 37 hospitals in Maine urging a ‘no’ vote, Mainers listened to the medical professionals who are not just their doctors but their neighbors as well,” Blaisdell continued.

Every community in the Midcoast voted by at least two-to-one margins to reject the veto effort. Some communities saw margins of three-to-one.