Category Archives: Elections

What their campaign contribution history tells us about Cutler’s GOP supporters

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The five people touted as GOP faithfuls who endorsed independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler on Friday have together donated about equal amounts to other independent candidates and Republican candidates for state office in the past 10 years. One of the people who endorsed Cutler on Friday gave money this year to incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and none had donated to Democratic candidate […]

John Boehner will campaign with Bruce Poliquin

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Republican House Speaker John Boehner will be heading to Maine next week to campaign with Bruce Poliquin, Matt Hudson, Poliquin’s campaign manager, said Wednesday. Poliquin is in a close race for the 2nd Congressional District seat against Emily Cain, a state senator from Orono. The AP first reported this development, saying Boehner will host a closed-door fundraiser on Sept. […]

Maine Republican Party launches anti-Michaud website; Democrats say they’ll reciprocate

The Maine Republican Party continued its all-out assault on Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Michaud on Wednesday with the launch of a website called MichaudFacts.com. The site, which the GOP said was launched Wednesday but which contains posts dating back to last month, is a clearinghouse for many of the attack narratives that Republicans have waged […]

Fighting words: the most common terms used in ads for Maine’s governor’s race

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What do “welfare,” “work,” and “ideas” have in common? They’re all words Maine’s gubernatorial candidates are using — frequently — in television ads trying to win your vote. As the barrage of TV ads from Maine’s gubernatorial campaigns ramped up in September, I took a closer look at the words used in those 30-second television spots produced by each campaign, not including spending […]

Poliquin gains ‘young guns’ status from NRCC

GOP 2nd Congressional District candidate Bruce Poliquin has made it to “young guns” status in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s recruitment program. He was one of nine Republican candidates from across the country that the committee announced on Monday had been added to the list. The program selects GOP hopefuls to support and mentor who they feel […]

Outside groups pump about $2.2 million into Maine governor’s race

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The race for the Blaine House has already attracted about $2.2 million in spending by groups not specifically connected with a campaign, primarily for television ads. The total is ahead of the five-person contest in 2010, when outside groups had spent about $1.6 million by early September in independent expenditures. We’ve gathered the latest reports into three views below that […]

Eight GOP, two Democratic candidates drop out of State House races; 7 stories you need to read

Eight Republican candidates and two Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives have dropped out of their respective races, eating into the GOP’s efforts to portray its slate of candidates as strong heading into the November election. Most of the GOP drop-outs were in urban districts where historically, Republicans have had little or no chance […]