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Knox County's political makeup

By Stephen Betts | Sep 20, 2020

Democrats hold a substantial advantage over Republicans in voter registration in Knox County as the 2020 election nears, figures from municipalities show.

Countywide, there are 31,601 registered voters as of this past week. Democrats account for the largest number of those registered at 12,637 which accounts for 40% of all registrations.

People not enrolled in any political party total 9,144 of the registered voters (29%).

There are 8,637 Republicans who translate to 27%of all registered voters.

There are 1,185 people enrolled in the Green Independent Party which amounts to about 4%.

There were also several people who were in the midst of switching parties, according to municipal clerks and don't fall yet into any category.

Rockland is the largest community in Knox County and has 5,330 registered voters of which Democrats account for 43% (2,274); unenrolled 30% (1,595); Republicans 24% (1,277); and Greens 180 (3%).

North Haven has the largest percentage of Democrats of any Knox County municipality. Of the 382 registered voters on the Penobscot Bay island, 57% (220) are Democrats.

Friendship has the largest percentage of Republicans in the county. There are 408 Republicans out of 1,032 registered voters which translates to 40%.

The following are the Knox County municipalities and the total number of registered voters, the number of unenrolled, the number of Democrats, the number of Republicans and the number of Greens.

Appleton 1,022; 288; 369; 309; 56.

Camden 4,711; 1,052; 2,594; 936; 125.

Cushing 1,172; 392; 359; 392; 51.

Friendship 1,032; 304; 267; 408; 53.

Hope 1,239; 315; 478; 396; 50.

Isle au Haut (not available).

North Haven 383; 102; 220; 54; 7.

Owls Head 1,371; 421; 491; 424; 34.

South Thomaston 1,256; 405; 447; 348; 55.

St. George 2,165; 622; 940; 541; 62.

Rockland 5,330; 1,595; 2,274; 1,277; 180.

Rockport 2,998; 737; 1,407; 774; 80.

Thomaston 2,126; 592; 828; 589; 114.

Union 1,785; 510; 512; 677; 86.

Vinalhaven 1,006; 373; 422; 168; 43.

Warren 2,747; 960; 720; 934; 123.

Washington 1,258; 476; 309; 374; 66.

In the past presidential election in 2016, Knox County supported Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton with 54% of the vote. Republican Donald Trump received 40%, Libertarian Gary Johnson got 4%, and Green Jill Stein 2%.

In 2014, incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins was re-elected and won Knox County with 63% of the vote compared to 37% for Democrat Sheena Bellows who now is a senate senator from Manchester.

In 2018, incumbent independent U.S. Sen. Angus King was supported by 59% of Knox County voters with Republican Eric Brakey getting 30% and Democrat Zak Ringelstein getting 11%.

U,S, Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree of North Haven won reelection to Congress in 2018 with 61% of the Knox County vote compared to 33% for Republican Mark Holbrook and 6% for independent Martin Grohman.

The last Republican to win election in Maine's First Congressional district was James Longley Jr. in 1994.

Knox County has voted in Democrats to the state Senate every election since 2012. The last Republican elected was Christopher Rector of Thomaston in 2010.

Rockland has supported Democrats for the Maine House every election since 2004. The last Republican to represent Rockland in the Maine House was Deborah McNeil who was reelected in 2002 and then did not seek re-election in 2004.

Currently, Democrats and two independents hold all the Knox County seats in the Maine Legislature.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Elizabeth Dickerson | Sep 21, 2020 20:07

Judging by those stats I would say that Union is an Independent town :-)

Posted by: Stephen Betts | Sep 21, 2020 08:43


Sorry, Union's numbers were included in the overall Knox County numbers listed in the article. I did skip by them when I typed in the individual communities. I have now added Union to the individual list. That doesn't change the overall county numbers in the article.

Posted by: Martha Johnston-Nash | Sep 21, 2020 08:17

So, if you add in UNION, which is mostly conservative, does it skew your story? Maybe if you checked your story before printing, your readers would have more faith in your reporting.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Sep 21, 2020 08:07

I think there is a quickly emerging progressive faction within the Democratic Party.  Most strongly disagree with the Democratic platform and want dramatic change within the party.  These are not your Mothers Democrats and they will not go along with what the party is telling them they should believe.  Hopefully this is the year the tide will change.

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