Counties to Watch in New Jersey and Maine

We have two races today that everyone expects to be close: New Jersey's governors race and Maine's vote on gay marriage. So, if ...
by | November 3, 2009

We have two races today that everyone expects to be close: New Jersey's governors race and Maine's vote on gay marriage.

So, if we're waiting a long time for calls, I'll be looking for county-by-county results to try to get an idea which way the votes are headed.

In New Jersey, Jon Corzine won 53% of the vote statewide in 2005. He also won 53% of the vote in Atlantic County and in Gloucester County. Those two counties may tell us whether Corzine is going to survive. Full results (though not in the most convenient format) are here. Or, you can look them up on Dave Leip's Web site.

Maine has never voted on gay marriage before, but it has voted previously on gay rights issues, most recently in 2005, when the state rejected a challenge to an anti-discrimination law. That measure received 45% of the vote. It received 47% of the vote in Kennebec County and 44% in Lincoln County. While ballot measures are unpredictable, those two look like the most logical swing jurisdictions.

You can find county-by-county results (and, in fact, precinct-by-precinct results) from the 2005 vote here. The anti-discrimination measure was Question 1.

Josh Goodman
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