State Politics

Maine U.S. House Race 2022

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The 2022 midterm elections will determine much of the future of the United States for the next two years and it will define the second half of Joe Biden’s (D) first term as President of the United States. Currently, Democrats hold only a slim majority, with a 50/50 Senate divide, with Vice President Kamala Harris (D) being the deciding vote, and a 220/212 advantage over the Republican party in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Maine is represented by representatives Chellie Pingree (D), who represents Maine’s first district, and Jared Golden (D), who represents Maine’s second district. Pingree’s district represents the more densely populated southern district of Maine and Golden represents the more rural and land abundant northern district of Maine. 

State of the Race – Pingree

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Incumbent Democrat Chellie Pingree (pictured left) is being challenged by Republican candidate Ed Thelander, however this election is almost certainly a safe win for her. Maine’s southern district has been represented and defended by Pingree since 2008 and she remains popular among her voters, having won 62 percent of the vote in 2020. Furthermore, Pingree holds a 57 percent favor according to a University of New Hampshire poll, while Thelander only holds 32 percent. While nothing can ever be certain in politics, it appears that Pingree will once again hold the position of Maine’s first district representative.

State of the Race – Golden

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Incumbent Democrat Jared Golden (pictured right) faces Republican Bruce Poliquin. Poliquin previously served as Maine’s 2nd district representative from 2015-2019, being ousted by Jared Golden after the 2018 midterms. Poliquin, as a familiar face to Maine’s second district, which typically trends conservative, will present a difficult challenge to Golden. Golden is a U.S. Marine veteran, and, while a Democrat, is very centrist, being the only House democrat to vote against both Biden’s COVID relief package and the Build Back Better Act. He has largely remained inoffensive to many traditionally conservative voters, and as such is viewed as a safe choice by many. 

Poliquin on the other hand has pledged his allegiance to the more extreme politics of Donald Trump and backs the many anti-abortion policies that have been enacted throughout the country since the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June of this year. Poliquin’s politics appeal to the typically conservative trends of the region, and as such presents trouble for Golden who many consider to be too liberal. Steve Shepard, the Chief Politico election reporter, labels this race as a toss up, with both candidates presenting about an equal challenge to one another. All of the candidates’ efforts will be put to the real test on the 2022 election day, on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. To find out where, when, and how to vote, visit: www.vote.org/polling-place-locator.

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