Hidden in the 2012 Presidential Election data is a small unincorporated township in Maine that was won by Ron Paul. There were a total of three votes cast – all three were write-in votes for Ron Paul – both Obama and Romney came up empty. The 2012 general election is the first time that the Maine Secretary of State Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions has published presidential election results for Concord Twp. Although not actively running for President in the 2012 General Election, Ron Paul was certified as a declared write-in candidate for President in Maine, allowing his write-in votes to be counted (see 2012 Maine Declared Write-in Candidates).
The image to the right shows the full results by township for Somerset County, ME in the 2012 General Election for President. Concord Twp is located in Somerset County on the west side of the Kennebec River to the north of Embden Town (colored in dark yellow on the map). Concord Twp is included with Lexington Twp to form the census “Central Somerset UT”.
In spite of the plethora of low population towns in New England, wins by “third party” candidates are quite rare. Not since Ross Perot in 1996, has a third party won in any New England town (Perot won three and tied in a fourth in 1996. Perot won a substantial number of towns in 1992). Nader tied Al Gore in 2000 in Pinkham’s Grant, NH 3-3.