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United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2014

United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2014

November 4, 2014 (2014-11-04)

Both Maine seats to the United States House of Representatives
 
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 1 1

The 2014 United States House of Representatives elections in Maine was held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 to elect the two U.S. Representatives from the state of Maine, one from each of the state's two congressional districts. The elections will coincide with the elections of other federal and state offices, including Governor of Maine and United States Senate.

District 1

The 1st district includes covers the southern coastal area of the state, including all of Cumberland, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and York counties and most of Kennebec County. Located within the district are the cities of Portland, Augusta, Brunswick and Saco. The incumbent is Democrat Chellie Pingree, who has represented the district since 2009. She was re-elected with 65% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of D+9.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared

Results

Democratic primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chellie Pingree 30,950 88.96%
Blank ballots 3,842 11.04%
Totals 34,792 100%

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared
Declined

Results

Republican primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Isaac Misiuk 17,061 67.13%
Blank ballots 8,355 32.87%
Totals 25,416 100%

Independents

Candidates

Declared

General election

Endorsements

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Chellie
Pingree (D)
Issac
Misiuk (R)
Richard
Murphy (I)
Other Undecided
Maine People's Resource Center October 31–November 2, 2014 419 ± 4.79% 55.7% 30.4% 6.7% 7.2%
Pan Atlantic/SMS Group October 15–21, 2014 206 ± 6.8% 62% 18.3% 6.2% 13.6%
University of New Hampshire October 15–21, 2014 297 ± 5.5% 57% 19% 10% 13%
Critical Insights September 24–30, 2014 311 ± 4% 53% 19% 10% 17%
Pan Atlantic SMS September 23–29, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 51.4% 8.7% 10.4% 29.5%
University of New Hampshire September 18–25, 2014 220 ± 6.2% 66% 13% 0% 4% 17%
University of New Hampshire June 12–18, 2014 305 ± 6.5% 56% 22% 2% 20%

District 2

The 2nd district covers 27,326 square miles (70,770 km2), comprising nearly 80% of the state's total land area. It is the largest district east of the Mississippi River and the 24th-largest overall. It is the second-most rural district in the United States, with 72.11% of its population in rural areas, behind only Kentucky's 5th congressional district. It includes most of the land area north of the Portland and Augusta metropolitan areas, including the cities of Bangor, Lewiston, Auburn and Presque Isle. The incumbent is Democrat Mike Michaud, who has represented the district since 2003. He was re-elected with 58% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of D+2.

Michaud is not running for re-election. He is instead the Democratic nominee for Governor of Maine in the 2014 election.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared
Withdrew
  • Alden Smith, Navy reservist[4][15]
Declined

Endorsements

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Emily
Cain
Troy Dale
Jackson
Other Undecided
Public Policy Polling June 2–3, 2014 810 ±3.4% 60% 25% 15%

Results

Democratic primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Emily Cain 19,906 65.71%
Democratic Troy Dale Jackson 8,116 26.79%
Blank ballots 2,271 7.5%
Totals 30,293 100%

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared
Withdrew
Declined

Endorsements

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Bruce
Poliquin
Kevin
Raye
Blaine
Richardson
Richard
Rosen
Undecided
Public Opinion Strategies* November 4–5, 2013 310 ± 5.57% 18% 42% 3% 5% 32%
  • * Poll for the Kevin Raye campaign

Results

Republican primary results[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bruce Poliquin 19,736 53.49%
Republican Kevin Raye 14,987 40.62%
Blank ballots 2,174 5.89%
Totals 36,897 100%

Independents

Candidates

Declared
  • Blaine Richardson, United States Navy veteran, and Republican candidate for the seat in 2012 (unenrolled as a Republican, running as an Independent)[29]

General election

Campaign

Bruce Poliquin has resisted invitations to debates where Blaine Richardson will be present, including one sponsored by MPBN. Political observers have stated this may be due to Richardson's potential to split the conservative vote. Emily Cain has expressed support for Richardson being present at debates, and has said she will only attend debates where both the other candidates are present.[43] A debate to be held on WMTW-TV was cancelled after Cain pulled out to protest Richardson not being invited. WMTW said they and their parent company, Hearst Television, have strict criteria for invitations to debates that Richardson did not meet. This criteria included holding large campaign events, fundraising, and performance in polling, all of which WMTW said were not met. [44]

On August 29, Richardson revealed, and Poliquin's campaign confirmed, that Richardson rejected a request from Poliquin to quit the race. A Poliquin spokesman stated the phone call was made because Richardson has "no chance" to win and "seems more interested in working with Emily Cain to bash Bruce rather than have a discussion about the future". Richardson said he would stay in the race and he was "so fed up with the parties, both of them". He also said that Poliquin asking him to quit was one of the biggest boosts for his campaign it has seen.[45]

Endorsements

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Emily
Cain (D)
Bruce
Poliquin (R)
Blaine
Richardson (I)
Other Undecided
Maine People's Resource Center October 31–November 2, 2014 397 ± 4.92% 42% 42.9% 9.8% 5.2%
Pan Atlantic/SMS Group October 15–21, 2014 186 ± 7% 38.9% 37.7% 7.6% 15.9%
University of New Hampshire October 15–21, 2014 291 ± 5.5% 40% 41% 8% 9%
Normington Petts** October 15–16, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 42% 34% 8% 16%
Critical Insights September 24–30, 2014 295 ± 4% 36% 41% 6% 16%
Pan Atlantic SMS September 23–29, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 36.2% 32.7% 6.3% 25%
University of New Hampshire September 18–25, 2014 220 ± 6.2% 30% 40% 3% 27%
Public Opinion Strategies* August 17–19, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 37% 33% 6% 24%
University of New Hampshire June 12–18, 2014 222 ± 6.5% 44% 39% 0% 17%
Public Opinion Strategies^ November 4–5, 2013 400 ± 4.9% 37% 34% 29%
  • ** Poll for the Emily Cain campaign
  • * Poll for the Bruce Poliquin campaign
  • ^ Poll for the Kevin Raye campaign

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming.html
  2. ^ Miller, Kevin. "Chellie Pingree says she won't run for Maine governor".  
  3. ^ a b c d "Tabulations for Elections held in 2014". Maine Secretary of State. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Mistler, Steve (August 7, 2013). "Two announce plans to run for Maine congressional seats". Kennebec Journal. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ Harriman, Phil (December 27, 2013). "Get ready for one doozy of a political year". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ Koeing, Seth (August 8, 2013). "National Guardsman enters 1st District congressional race as independent". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  7. ^ "GOP ticket in Maine features conflicting views between moderate Collins, conservative LePage, Poliquin".  
  8. ^ a b c d "LePage’s endorsement of Misiuk spends more time on LePage than Misiuk".  
  9. ^ "Maine’s 1st District can continue to benefit from Chellie Pingree’s influence".  
  10. ^ "OUR OPINION: Who do we endorse? Nobody — and here’s why". MaineToday Media/Kennebec Journal. August 31, 2014. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine won’t endorse candidates in gubernatorial, federal races". Bangor Daily News. August 21, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Stone, Matthew (June 14, 2013). "Cain’s in, Fredette’s out of 2014 2nd District congressional race". Bangordailynews.com. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c d http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming.html
  14. ^ "Sen. Troy Jackson announces run for US Congress". Bangor Daily News. July 1, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  15. ^ Moretto, Mario (March 17, 2014). "Alden Smith drops out, leaving Senate heavyweights to vie for congressional nod".  
  16. ^ a b Strimling, Ethan (June 13, 2013). "Michaud is running. Democrats have life!".  
  17. ^ Strimling, Ethan (December 31, 2013). "Joe Baldacci decides not to run for Congress".  
  18. ^ "Michaud's possible jump sets off the sounds of musical chairs". Kennebec Journal. June 13, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b c d Miller, Kevin (August 25, 2013). "Michaud is Republicans see potential to win 2nd District seat".  
  20. ^ Shepherd, Michael (January 30, 2014). "Former Lewiston mayor considers 2nd Congressional District run".  
  21. ^ "Michaud ‘looking at’ run for governor — Politics — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine". Bangordailynews.com. March 4, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  22. ^ http://bangordailynews.com/2014/05/04/opinion/contributors/troy-jackson-has-courage-thats-what-it-will-take-to-combat-washingtons-tea-party-extremism/
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  24. ^ a b c http://www.troyjacksonforcongress.com/press-releases/afscme-local-2011-endorses-troy-jackson-congress
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  26. ^ a b "Poliquin declares candidacy for 2nd Congressional District". Kennebec Journal. August 26, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Raye joining Republican fray for Michaud's seat". Kennebec Journal. August 29, 2013. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Richardson preps another run for Congress | www.timesrecord.com". The Times Record. January 21, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  29. ^ a b "Belfast conservative drops Republican affiliation".  
  30. ^ "Richard Rosen opts out of race to replace Michaud in CD2". Bangor Daily News. November 30, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Republican Willette ends bid to replace Michaud in Congress".  
  32. ^ "Lawmakers Override Governor's Budget Veto - LePage Considering Future As Maine Governor". WABI TV. June 26, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  33. ^ Cousins, Christopher (December 3, 2013). "Thibodeau considering run for 2nd Congressional District seat". Bangordailynews.com. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  34. ^ "John Boehner will campaign with Bruce Poliquin". Bangordailynews.com. September 17, 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Collins helps Poliquin raise $281,000 in congressional bid". Kennebec Journal. 2014-07-25. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  36. ^ "Poliquin gains endorsement from pro-business group". Bangordailynews.com. September 24, 2014. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  37. ^ "Are the tides turning in Poliquin’s favor?". Bangordailynews.com. September 30, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  38. ^ http://www.poliquinforcongress.com/news/poliquin-endorsed-by-republican-liberty-caucus/
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  40. ^ http://www.kevinraye.com/bipac_endorses_kevin_raye
  41. ^ http://www.kjonline.com/news/Raye_announces_National_Rifle_Association_endorsement_.html
  42. ^ "Kevin Raye is most deserving of GOP votes in 2nd District". Bangordailynews.com. June 5, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  43. ^ "Emily Cain, Blaine Richardson take issue with Bruce Poliquin’s debate attendance policy". Bangordailynews.com. July 31, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  44. ^ "Cain skipping WMTW debate". wmtw.com. October 23, 2014. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
  45. ^ "‘Fed up’ Richardson rejects Poliquin call to quit congressional campaign". Bangordailynews.com. August 29, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  46. ^ a b c Nell Gluckman (October 17, 2014). "A coalition of Republicans announces support for Emily Cain". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  47. ^ Michael Shepherd (October 1, 2014). "Angus King to endorse 2nd District’s Cain on Wednesday". KJonline.com. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  48. ^ Ethan Strimling (October 14, 2013). "EMILY’s love of Emily is a very big deal". Bangordailynews.com. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  49. ^ http://cainforcongress.com/cain-for-congress-receives-labor-endorsement/
  50. ^ "On June 10, Democrats’ best choice for 2nd District is Emily Cain". Bangordailynews.com. June 3, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  51. ^ "Cain offers productive approach that’s needed in Congress". Bangordailynews.com. October 23, 2014. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
  52. ^ "Cain for Congress Endorsed by Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund". Cain for Congress. May 30, 2014. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  53. ^ "EqualityMaine Endorses in Three Primary Races". EqualityMaine. June 9, 2014. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  54. ^ "AFL-CIO endorses Cain, Bellows; Mike Tipping’s new book on his favorite governor". Bangor Daily News. June 25, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  55. ^ "Sierra Club Maine endorses Cain; Alfond pays ethics fine; somber Senate tribute to McGowan". Bangor Daily News. August 1, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  56. ^ "OUR OPINION: Who do we endorse? Nobody — and here’s why". MaineToday Media/Kennebec Journal. August 31, 2014. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  57. ^ "Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine won’t endorse candidates in gubernatorial, federal races". Bangor Daily News. August 21, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 

External links

  • U.S. House elections in Maine, 2014 at Ballotpedia
  • Campaign contributions at OpenSecrets.org
  • Emily Cain for Congress
  • Troy Jackson for Congress
  • Isaac Misiuk for Congress
  • Richard Murphy for Congress
  • Chellie Pingree for Congress (not updated since 2012)
  • Bruce Poliquin for Congress
  • Kevin Raye for Congress
  • Blaine Richardson for Congress
  • Alden Smith for Congress
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