Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) easily won the Maine caucuses, according to projections from the Associated Press and MSNBC. With 80 percent of districts reporting, Sanders was leading with 64.2 percent of the vote compared to 35.6 percent for Hillary Clinton.
The Vermont senator’s campaign expected to win the state, where he held a large rally the day after securing wins in Vermont, Oklahoma, Colorado and Minnesota on Super Tuesday.
Pine Tree State voters waited in hours-long lines on Sunday to caucus in the Democratic race. Maine Democratic Party chairman Phil Bartlett told the Portland Press Herald that the turnout was “extraordinary,” and the city of Portland was required to change the caucus rules to allow all voters to participate. Voters waiting on snaking lines were allowed to fill out paper ballots rather than participate in the traditional, town hall style caucus.