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Democrat Pete Buttigieg pays a visit to Maine

Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a campaign event, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Portland, Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democrat Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tah-juhj) has brought his presidential campaign to Maine.

A crowd gave a big ovation Thursday to the South Bend, Indiana, mayor at a fundraiser at the State Theater in Portland.

So far, Maine has seen little presidential activity, though author Marianne Williamson, a Democrat, spoke at an Eliot event in early July.

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But that could change since the Maine Legislature ditched the state's party caucuses to pick presidential candidates in favor of a primary system. Next year's Maine Democratic primary will be held on Super Tuesday, March 3.

President Donald Trump made several stops in Maine during the 2016 campaign cycle. He won an electoral vote from the state's swing 2nd Congressional District. Maine is one of two states to apportion electoral votes by congressional district.

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