Where Are Maine's Closest House, Senate Races?
Where are Maine's closest races in the House and Senate?
Sat, 07/14/2012 - 7:46am
Posted by Mike Lange
On another thread, Mid-Coast Mainer made a prediction - with some good-natured betting offered - that Congresspersons Pingree and Michaud will be reelected, Angus King will win the U.S. Senate race and the Maine House will switch back to Democratic majority.
I don't have a spare $100 to bet against MidCoast, but I agree with three of his four predictions. I don't see the Democrats retaking the House, although there will be a huge turnover this year with 26 Democrats and 24 Republicans either termed out, running for the Senate or leaving for other reasons.
So are there any Republican-held districts right now that may switch over? Close by, there's District 24 where Democrat Dave Pearson is taking a second shot against Ray Wallace. Ray won the seat after Fred Wintle (thankfully) resigned last year.
How about the Senate? What incumbents can be unseated? Both parties usually go after rising stars in the party before convincing "retreads" (former House or Senate members) to take another plunge.
If anything, this thread may help rally the troops on both sides to concentrate their resources in certain areas instead of wasting time and manpower in districts where the outcome is pretty apparent.