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Encyclopedia > As Maine goes, so goes the country

"As Maine goes, so goes the country" was a phrase in wide currency at one time in United States politics. The federal government of the United States was established by the United States Constitution. ...


This phrase had two origins. One was that as political science began to become an organized field of study in the United States, it was noted that the state of Maine was something of a "bellwether" state; candidates carrying Maine were usually the overall winners of the presidential election. The other was that Maine, unlike the other states, held its presidential voting in September, not November as did the other states, on the premise that inclement weather endemic in much of Maine by November made voting at that time of year impractiable. (The United States Constitution only requires that all electors for President cast their votes on the same day—the states are empowered by Congress to decide when to hold the popular vote that chooses those electors.) As the Maine winner in September had proven to be on many occasions the national winner in November, candidates often went to considerable lengths in their attempts to carry Maine, despite the state's relatively small population (and hence elector count) and somewhat remote location. Niccolò Machiavelli, ca 1500, became the key figure in realistic political theory, crucial to political science Political science is an academic and research discipline that deals with the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behavior. ... A U.S. state is any one of the 50 states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, together with the District of Columbia, form the United States of America. ... State nickname: The Pine Tree State Other U.S. States Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Governor John Baldacci (D) Official languages None Area 86,542 km² (39th)  - Land 80,005 km²  - Water 11,724 km² (13. ... In politics, a bellwether (often, incorrectly, bellweather or bellwhether) is a region whose political tendencies match in microcosm what occurs in a wider area. ... The President of the United States is the head of state of the United States. ... September is the ninth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four Gregorian months with the length of 30 days. ... November is the eleventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four Gregorian months with the length of 30 days. ... Page I of the Constitution of the United States of America Page II of the United States Constitution Page III of the United States Constitution Page IV of the United States Constitution The Syng inkstand, with which the Constitution was signed The Constitution of the United States is the supreme... The United States Electoral College is the electoral college which chooses the President and Vice President of the United States at the conclusion of each Presidential election. ...


In September 1936, Maine voted for Republican nominee and Governor of Kansas Alf Landon over President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, causing the Republicans to trumpet this phrase. However, in November, only Vermont joined Maine in voting for Landon, the other 46 states going to Roosevelt, and giving Landon only eight electoral votes (the three from Vermont and the five from Maine), equalling the smallest total ever (as of 2004) won by a major-party nominee since the beginning of the current U.S. two-party system in the 1850s, and destroying the credibility of the phrase permanently. (Maine's tradition of early presidential voting did not end until 1960, however.) Democratic political operative James Farley amended the phrase, proclaiming, "As Maine goes, so goes Vermont." Presidential electoral votes by state. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party [1]), is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... The Governor of Kansas holds the supreme executive power of the State as provided by the first article of the Kansas Constitution. ... Alfred M. Landon Alfred Mossman Alf Landon (September 9, 1887 – October 12, 1987) was an American Republican politician from Kansas, notable nationally for his 1936 nomination as the Republican opponent of Franklin D. Roosevelt. ... Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882–April 12, 1945), 32nd President of the United States, the longest-serving holder of the office and the only man to be elected President more than twice, was one of the central figures of 20th century history. ... State nickname: The Green Mountain State Other U.S. States Capital Montpelier Largest city Burlington Governor Jim Douglas (R) Official languages None Area 24,923 km² (45th)  - Land 23,974 km²  - Water 949 km² (3. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A two-party system is a type of party system where only two political parties have a realistic chance of winning an election. ... Events and Trends Technology Production of steel revolutionised by invention of the Bessemer process Benjamin Silliman fractionates petroleum by distillation for the first time First transatlantic telegraph cable laid First safety elevator installed by Elisha Otis Science Charles Darwin publishes The Origin of Species, putting forward the theory of evolution... 1960 was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... James (Jim) Aloysius Farley (May 30, 1888 – June 9, 1976) was an American politican who served as head of the Democratic National Committee and Postmaster General. ...


36 years later, after the landslide reelection of Richard Nixon in 1972, Republicans would have the opportunity to turn Farley's quip on its head, noting "As Massachusetts goes, so goes the District of Columbia." Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the thirty-seventh President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ...


Another popular version of the original aphorism is "As Maine goes, so goes the nation."


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