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Maine Democrats turn out the vote for Bernie Sanders

PORTLAND – Maine Democrats swarmed polling venues on Sunday in record turnout, waiting in lines for hours to cast their ballots and let the country know that the state overwhelmingly supported its neighbor from Vermont, Bernie Sanders.

“The pundits might not like it but the people are making history. We now have the momentum to go all the way to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.” – Sen. Bernie Sanders

 The Associated Press projected Sanders the winner of Maine’s Democratic Caucus just after polls closed in the state at 8 p.m, with 91 percent of precincts reporting.

Democratic Party Chair, Phil Bartlett was pleased with the overwhelming voter turnout on Sunday. Bartlett congratulated Sanders on his win and noted the record turnout.

“A record number of over 46,000 Democrats actively participated in over 500 caucus meetings across the state today to make their voices heard,” Bartlett said.

Desision Desk HQ reported 46,128 participating with 85 percent reporting at polls close.

Sanders, who was in Flint Michigan debating his opponent Hillary Clinton at the time of polls close, released this statement on the Maine win.

“I thank the people of Maine for their strong support. With another double-digit victory, we have now won by wide margins in states from New England to the Rocky Mountains and from the Midwest to the Great Plains.”

Sanders reiterated his intentions to stay the course through to the convention in July.

“This weekend alone we won in Maine, Kansas and Nebraska. The pundits might not like it but the people are making history. We now have the momentum to go all the way to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.”

This article originally appeared on Examiner.com on March 7, 2016.

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