Odds and ends from election night

A few loose ends to tie up from last night’s elections on the state legislative side:

  • Republican House candidate Michael Hein of Augusta lost his primary contest to Andrew Worcester. The unofficial tally was 168-134 in Worcester’s favor. Hein was vying to represent House District 57 in the State House, but was battling a criminal charge of attempted theft by deception at the same time connected with his efforts to secure Maine Clean Election Act funding for his campaign. He pleaded not guilty to the charge in Augusta District Court last week.
  • Gov. Paul LePage appears to have backed the winner in both Republican legislative primaries where he weighed in with endorsements. LePage recorded phone calls in support of Rep. Andre Cushing of Hampden, the assistant House Republican leader, and Rep. David Burns of Whiting in their Republican primary contests for state Senate seats. Both were facing candidates favored by more conservative, Tea Party members of the GOP. Cushing won his contest against James Emerson with 57 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. Burns took his contest against Kathleen Caso with 67 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. LePage’s endorsements frustrated some Tea Party supporters, and the conservative Defense of Liberty political action committee spent almost $2,900 on Caso’s behalf.