Trump wins electoral vote in Maine's 2nd Congressional District

President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE has won the single Electoral College vote from Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, according to Associated Press projections released Wednesday afternoon. 

The AP reported early Wednesday that Biden had won Maine’s statewide popular vote, as well as the 1st Congressional District, giving the former vice president three electoral votes in the state. 

Maine gives two electoral votes to the statewide election winner, allocating the rest by congressional district. 


This marks a similar split from 2016, when Trump won in the rural, conservative congressional district, giving him one electoral vote, with three awarded to then-Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: China implicated in Microsoft breach | White House adds Big Tech critic | QAnon unfazed after false prediction Jill Biden redefines role of first lady QAnon supporters unfazed after another false prediction MORE

The 2016 election marked the first time in state history that Maine divided its electoral votes.

The 2020 election was the first time Maine used ranked-choice voting for the presidential election. 


The single electoral vote for Trump on Wednesday gives him a total of 214, compared to Biden's 238, with races in multiple states still uncalled. 

The news for the president comes as Maine Republican Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike Murkowski votes with Senate panel to advance Haaland nomination OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior reverses Trump policy that it says restricted science | Collins to back Haaland's Interior nomination | Republicans press Biden environment nominee on Obama-era policy MORE said on Wednesday that Democratic nominee Sara Gideon called her to concede the Maine Senate race, even though the race remained uncalled by many networks. 

"I just received a very gracious call from Sara Gideon conceding the race. I want to publicly thank Sara for her call. We had a good talk," Collins said in Maine.

Collins has had a steady lead in the race considered a key pickup for Democrats hoping to gain a majority in the Senate, with Collins staying above 50 percent — the threshold for avoiding the race defaulting to ranked choice.