- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine’s electoral voting is normally a sleepy affair. But this year - the first time Maine has split its electoral votes - the ceremony is going to be accompanied by protests.

Several groups plan to gather Monday at the Statehouse to rally against President-elect Donald Trump, who won one of Maine’s four Electoral College votes. One group has been organizing the Storm the Statehouse event. Another group is the Dec. 19 Coalition, which includes the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy Spring.

Trump supporters are gathering, as well, in support of Maine Republican Chairman Rick Bennett, who’ll be casting the state’s lone vote for the GOP’s Trump.

Maine Republican Party Executive Director Jason Savage implored the party faithful to show up to support Bennett.

“I don’t think it’s overly dramatic to say that I do not want to see him having to wade through a crowd of protesters without a strong contingent of proud and strong supporters by his side,” Savage said in an email Friday.

Bennett is going to cast the vote on behalf of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, which favored Trump.

Maine’s other three electoral votes - two for the statewide winner and one for the winner in the 1st Congressional District - are going to Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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