The election was also the first time since Maine was admitted to the
Union that the state did not hold its election in September. Traditionally, Maine had held its elections two months before the rest of the nation, which had help give birth to the phrase "
As Maine goes, so goes the nation" and its status as a
bellwether state. However, following a 1957 referendum, the
state constitution was amended to hold all elections after 1958 in November.