Political party electoral strength has followed certain geographic patterns in recent years. In the maps below Maine Senate district election results are illustrated: blue for Democrats, red for Republicans, and yellow for non-party (“independent”) candidates. During this period the only independent elected to the Senate has been Richard Woodbury of Yarmouth representing Senate District 11.
Republicans have generally done well in rural areas with relatively higher rates of poverty (Franklin, Somerset, Piscataquis, northern Penobscot, and Washington counties). They usually can count on the downeast counties of Knox, Waldo, Hancock, and again Washington.
Democrats are more successful in urban and suburban areas around Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, and Portland; and in the Franco-American portion of Aroostook County.
Maine. Secretary of State. “Election Results.” http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/prior1st.htm (accessed April 23, 2013)
Maine. State Senate. “Home Page.” http://www.maine.gov/legis/senate/ (accessed April 23, 2013)