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PEROT MADE BEST SHOWING IN MAINE WITH 30% OF VOTE

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It turns out Ross Perot's best showing on Election Day was better than first thought: He managed to outpoll President Bush in Maine, drawing more than 30 percent of the statewide vote.

The state's top election official on Monday released final vote returns showing that Perot edged out Bush for second place by a few hundred votes, making Maine one of only two states where the independent presidential contender placed better than third.President-elect Clinton was Maine's overall winner, claiming 263,420, or 38.7 percent, of the state's popular vote and all four of its electoral votes. Perot placed second with 206,820 votes, or 30.4 percent. Bush was close behind with 206,504, or 30.3 percent, said Secretary of State Bill Diamond.

In Utah, Perot drew 26 percent of the vote, while Bush got 41 percent and Clinton got 24 percent.

Unofficial returns compiled on election night by news organizations had showed Bush in second place statewide by a margin of about 2,000 votes.

Nationwide, Perot drew about 19 percent of the vote, while Clinton got 43 percent and Bush got 38 percent.