AP News Guide: A look at Maine’s primary elections

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Turnout was small Tuesday during a Maine key election that served as a tune-up prior to the November standard election, which will have lots of more voters and larger stakes.

Secretary of Point out Shenna Bellows reported there was no contested statewide race to bring out voters.

“Because the top-of-the-ticket races are by now determined, we’re not seeing the exact voter turnout that we ordinarily see,” she mentioned.

But there was a contest in the 2nd Congressional District, the place a former Republican congressman in search of to return to his previous seat held off a problem from a fellow occasion member. Former Rep. Bruce Poliquin and Liz Caruso equally required to obstacle Democratic Rep. Jared Golden in a intently watched congressional race, and Poliquin received the prospect to do so.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills faces previous Republican Gov. Paul LePage — both equally ran unopposed in their primaries. Also, Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and her opponent, Republican Ed Thelander, confront no rivals in their functions.

Elsewhere, a team funded by Democratic megadonor George Soros is funneling $300,000 into a district attorney race.

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Poliquin represented Maine’s 2nd Congressional District from 2015 to 2019 until finally getting rid of to the existing seat holder, Golden. Golden’s victory over Poliquin was the 1st congressional election decided by rated-option voting in U.S. history.

This 12 months, Poliquin is hoping to win a rematch around Golden in one of the most intently watched races of the 2022 midterm elections. But to start with, staved off a problem from Caruso, the initially selectman of the small town of Caratunk, in Tuesday’s principal.

Poliquin is a businessman who also served as Maine’s point out treasurer for two yrs in advance of becoming a congressman. He reported he resolved to run again for the reason that of a Washington agenda he explained as “big authorities socialism” and runaway inflation.

“I came out once again from semiretirement simply because our nation and our state are in deep difficulties,” he explained.

Caruso, in addition to being the best official in a town of about 80, is a former engineer and present-day Maine guidebook who mentioned she is jogging for Congress to return federal government to the individuals.

“Rural Mainers are not searching for the prospect that is the wealthiest. They are on the lookout for the individual that will signify them the best,” Caruso reported.

The 2nd District is a large, mainly rural district that is politically blended, usually aggressive and involves much of the state’s northern and western place. The largest city in the district is Lewiston, which is 35 miles (56 kilometers) from Portland and is the largest metropolis in inland Maine with about 37,000 citizens. The standard election ballot will also consist of Tiffany Bond, an unbiased applicant.


Democratic Gov. Janet Mills and her challenger, previous Republican Gov. Paul LePage, were being both equally unopposed in their respective primaries, and searching forward to the November election.

Mills has touted her handling of the state spending budget and pandemic for letting the point out to recuperate — and to return the bulk of a $1.2 billion surplus to taxpayers in the variety of $850 inflationary aid checks.

LePage, who’s looking for a third time period, has criticized what he explained as Mills’ weighty-handed govt decrees all through the COVID-19 pandemic and a person-time budget “gimmicks.”

It’s viewed as a restricted race with a third applicant who’s creating his initially bid for elected business. Down East medical professional Sam Hunkler is an independent who has a self-imposed paying cap of $5,000.


The district legal professional race in Cumberland County was jolted by outside dollars tied to Democratic billionaire donor George Soros.

A Soros-backed super PAC provided $300,000 to a political motion committee that is jogging attack adverts towards incumbent Jonathan Sahrbeck on behalf of Jacqueline Sartoris. Each are functioning as Democrats, but Sartoris reported she’s the only everyday living “lifelong Democrat” in the race. Sahrbeck, who beforehand ran as unbiased, identified as the paying “outrageous.”

Jointly the candidates also lifted about $70,000 for the race. That, much too, is a massive sum for a prosecutor race in Maine.

Sartoris emerged as the victor on Tuesday.