2016 United States House of Representatives elections in Maine

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2016 United States House of Representatives elections in Maine

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Both of Maine's two seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 1 1
Seats won 1 1
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 386,627 357,447
Percentage 51.93% 48.01%
Swing Increase0.40% Increase9.51%

United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2016 results by district.svg
Popular vote by congressional district. As this is a first-past-the-post election, seat totals are not determined by total popular vote in the state, but instead by results in each congressional district.

The 2016 United States House of Representatives elections in Maine were held on November 8, 2016, to elect the two U.S. Representatives from the state of Maine, one from each of the state's two congressional districts. The elections coincided with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as other elections to the House of Representatives, elections to the United States Senate and various state and local elections. The primaries were held on June 14.

District 1[edit]

Democratic primary[edit]

Declared[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chellie Pingree (incumbent) 28,143 100.0
Total votes 28,143 100.0

Republican primary[edit]

Declared[edit]

After a recount, Holbrook was declared the winner with a margin of 57 votes. [4]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Holbrook 10,360 50.1
Republican Ande Smith 10,303 49.9
Total votes 20,663 100.0

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Chellie
Pingree (D)
Mark
Holbrook (R)
Other Undecided
University of New Hampshire September 15–20, 2016 266 LV ± 6.0% 64% 22% 2% 12%
SurveyUSA September 4–10, 2016 382 LV ± 5.1% 57% 37% 7%
University of New Hampshire June 15–21, 2016 248 LV ± 4.5% 56% 34% 10%

Endorsements[edit]

Chellie Pingree
  • Equality Maine[5]

Results[edit]

Maine's 1st congressional district, 2016 [6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chellie Pingree (incumbent) 227,546 58.0
Republican Mark Holbrook 164,569 41.9
Libertarian James J. Bouchard (write-in) 276 0.1
Total votes 392,391 100.0
Democratic hold

District 2[edit]

Mike Michaud, the incumbent representative for the first district, did not run for reelection in 2014 so that he could run for Governor of Maine in the 2014 election. Republican Bruce Poliquin defeated Democrat Emily Cain in the 2014 election to succeed Michaud.[7]

After the election, Cain indicated she was interested in running against Poliquin in 2016.[8] In December 2014, Cain met with Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives, to discuss her potential candidacy.[9] On March 3, 2015, Cain announced that she would be running for the seat.[10]

Bangor City Councilors Joe Baldacci and Ben Sprague were mentioned as potential Democratic candidates.[11] Jeff McCabe, the Majority Leader of the Maine House of Representatives, indicated that he might run against Poliquin in 2016, but later said that he would not do so.[12]

Troy Jackson, the former Majority Leader of the Maine Senate, who lost to Cain in the 2014 Democratic primary election, had said he might run as an independent candidate,[7] but he elected to run for his former Senate seat instead.[13]

Republican primary[edit]

Declared[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bruce Poliquin (incumbent) 19,252 100.0
Total votes 19,252 100.0

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]
Withdrawn[edit]
Declined[edit]
Endorsements[edit]
Emily Cain

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Emily Cain 19,003 100.0
Total votes 19,003 100

Independents[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

Declined[edit]

  • Troy Jackson, Democratic primary candidate for the seat in 2014 (running for State Senate)[7][13]

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Emily
Cain (D)
Bruce
Poliquin (R)
Undecided
University of New Hampshire October 20–25, 2016 341 LV ± 3.8% 43% 42% 11%
Normington Petts (D-Cain) October 2–3, 2016 400 RV ± 4.9% 46% 45% 9%
University of New Hampshire September 15–20, 2016 231 LV ± 6% 35% 45% 15%
SurveyUSA September 4–10, 2016 397 LV ± 5% 45% 50% 6%
University of New Hampshire June 15–21, 2016 227 LV ± 4.5% 40% 41% 12%

Results[edit]

Maine's 2nd congressional district, 2016 [6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bruce Poliquin (incumbent) 192,878 54.8
Democratic Emily Cain 159,081 45.2
Independent Jay Parker Dresser (write-in) 224 0.0
Total votes 352,183 100.0
Republican hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Tabulations for Elections held on June 14, 2016". Maine Secretary of State. Retrieved July 22, 2016.
  2. ^ "Brunswick Republican files to challenge Pingree in 2016". Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "North Yarmouth attorney will try to unseat Maine's U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram". Pressherald.com. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  4. ^ Shepherd, Michael (June 29, 2016). "Holbrook confirmed GOP primary winner in Maine's 1st District — Politics — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine". Bangordailynews.com. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 4, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ a b "Tabulations for Elections held in 2016". Maine Secretary of State. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "What kind of a congressman will Maine's Bruce Poliquin be? - Central Maine". Central Maine. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  8. ^ "Democrats push for Cain vs. Poliquin 2016 rematch in Maine's 2nd District - Central Maine". Central Maine. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  9. ^ "Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer Are Recruiting Emily Cain to Run Again". At the Races. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  10. ^ a b c d Shepherd, Michael (March 3, 2015). "Cain seeks 2016 rematch for Maine's 2nd District seat". Kennebec Journal. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
  11. ^ Michael Shepherd (January 11, 2015). "Maine's Bruce Poliquin dives into budget, energy issues". Central Maine. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  12. ^ a b Michael Shepherd (February 4, 2015). "Skowhegan's McCabe says he won't run for Congress in 2016". Central Maine. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  13. ^ a b c Shepherd, Michael (January 4, 2016). "Democrats McCabe, Jackson announce Maine Senate bids". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  14. ^ "Joe Baldacci Drops Out of Congressional Race | Maine Public Broadcasting". News.mpbn.net. February 5, 2016. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  15. ^ Moretto, Mario (June 9, 2015). "Young Republican star wields Taylor Swift against Paul LePage". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  16. ^ "Former Maine Senator endorses Emily Cain for Congress". WCSH. September 23, 2016. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  17. ^ Cousins, Christopher (June 10, 2015). "Nancy Pelosi to boost Emily Cain's rematch against Bruce Poliquin in big-money fundraiser". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
  18. ^ "Cain's pragmatism, openness would better serve Maine's 2nd District in Congress".
  19. ^ Board, The Editorial (October 23, 2016). "Our View: Vote Emily Cain in 2nd District to make Congress work again".
  20. ^ Mitchell, Jennifer (May 14, 2016). "Candidate Proposing Nuke Plants for Maine Drops out of Congressional Race". MPBN. Retrieved June 26, 2016.

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