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MAINE

mainePopulation: 1,329,328 (2015)

Filing deadline: March 15, 2016.

Primary: June 14, 2016.

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Maine (D+6) is a moderate state with many freethinking voters who often give significant support to various third parties and independent candidates. It is 96% White.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 4. Maine is a moderately Democratic state in Presidential elections. Maine is one of two states to award Electoral Votes according to Congressional district.

Senators: 1 Repub­lican, 1 Independent.

Angus King. (Pic: Congress)

Angus King. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 1: Angus King (I)
Committees: Armed Forces, Budget, Energy, Rules, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: ?
Independent nominee: Angus King
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Likely Independent in 2018.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Independent lawyer and businessman Angus King (b.1944) served as Governor from 1995-2003. He won election to the Senate in 2012, with 53%. After caucusing with the Democrats, that party most likely will not run a serious opponent next time. Current GOP Governor Paul LePage, who will be term limited in 2018, has rumbled about running against King.

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Susan Collins. (Pic: Congress)

Susan Collins. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 2: Susan Collins (R)
Committees: Appropriations, Health & Education, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Susan Collins

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2020.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Political scientist Susan Collins (b.1952) is extremely popular in Maine, and is guaranteed re-election if she runs again in 2020. She was first elected in 1996 and took 68% in 2014.

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Representatives: 2 Representatives; 1 Democrat and 1 Republican.

Chellie Pingree. (Pic: Congress)

Chellie Pingree. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Chellie Pingree (D)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: Chellie Pingree
Republican nomineeMark Holbrook

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
The district (D+9) covers the southern coastal areas of Maine, including Portland and Augusta. It is 95% White. Businesswoman and State Senator Chellie Pingree (b.1955) was first elected in 2008 and took 60% in 2014. The GOP nominated psychologist Mark Holbrook.

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Bruce Poliquin. (Pic: Congress)

Bruce Poliquin. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Bruce Poliquin (R)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nomineeEmily Cain
Republican nominee
: Bruce Poliquin

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
The district (D+3) contains appx. 80% of Maine, including Bangor, and is the largest district east of the Mississippi. It is 96% White. Businessman and State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin (b.1953) won the seat in 2014, with 47% against former State Senator Emily Cain, who is running again.

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STATE LEVEL

Paul LePage. (Pic: Congress)

Paul LePage. (Pic: Congress)

Governor: Paul LePage (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Paul LePage

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Leans Dem.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Businessman and Mayor Paul LePage (b.1948) was elected in 2010 with only 38% and only won because the left’s votes were split between a Democrat and an Independent. Despite his controversial style, he was re-elected with 48% in 2014. He is now term limited.

The President of the State Senate is next in line to the Governor’s office.

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State Senate: 35 (15D / 20R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.
State House: 151 (69D / 78R / 4I). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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