Tag Archives: 2nd Congressional District

Cook Political Report changes forecast of CD2 election from “leans Democratic” to “toss up”

Democratic state Sen. Emily Cain (left) listens as Republican former State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin makes a comment about her during the 2nd Congressional District debate on Tuesday at the CBS 13 television studios in Portland. BDN photo by Troy Bennett

  The Cook Political Report, which analyzes federal and gubernatorial elections, is now calling Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race a toss up. A week ago, the newsletter still had the race leaning in the Democrats’ favor, but said at the time that it was “on the brink of joining the Toss Up column.” Here’s political analyst David […]

In 2nd CD2 debate, candidates trade personal and policy attacks

From left to right: 2nd Congressional District candidates Emily Cain, D-Orono; Blaine Richardson, I-Belfast; and Bruce Poliquin, R-Oakland. BDN file photos by Brian Feulner, Chris Cousins and Robert F. Bukaty.

Some of the negative campaign ads that voters in the 2nd Congressional District have been treated to over the past few weeks came to life at an MPBN debate on Thursday night, particularly when candidates were asked to direct questions at their opponents. Emily Cain, the Democratic candidate from Orono, asked Republican Bruce Poliquin to explain […]

Outside groups sling mud at Cain, Poliquin

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Political action committees trying to sway second district voters have spent the vast majority of their cash on attack ads seeking to take down either Democratic Congressional hopeful Emily Cain or Republican Bruce Poliquin. That is, $9 of every $10 that PACs directed at Cain were attack ads; and about $9.60 of every $10 that PACs directed at Poliquin were negative. The picture of independent […]

A coalition of Republicans announces support for Emily Cain

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Emily Cain’s campaign announced on Thursday that a group of Maine Republicans have come out in support of the Democratic state senator who is running to represent  Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. For the most part, there are no huge surprises on the list, with a number of supporters coming from Cain’s hometown, Orono, and others […]

Cain and Poliquin battling for 25 percent of 2nd District voters who remain undecided

More polling data released Tuesday indicates that Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and 1st Congressional District Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree — who are both incumbents — are headed for overwhelming victories next month, though the outcome of the race for Maine’s open 2nd Congressional District seat is far less certain. Data released Tuesday by the Portland-based […]

‘Fed up’ Richardson rejects Poliquin call to quit congressional campaign

Blaine Richardson, a staunch conservative who left the Republican Party in order to run as an independent for the 2nd Congressional District seat, said Friday that he has rejected a request from Republican candidate Bruce Poliquin to drop out. Richardson said, and a Poliquin spokesman confirmed, that Poliquin made the request to Richardson in a phone […]

Washington Post predicts Poliquin victory; Collins picks up another labor union endorsement

Republican Bruce Poliquin’s campaign in the 2nd Congressional District got a boost Thursday when the Washington Post predicted that he has a 64 percent chance of winning the election against Democrat Emily Cain and independent Blaine Richardson. The Post’s Election Lab’s formula for making the prediction involves election data dating back to 1980 and national […]

Emily Cain announces three-month fundraising total of $380,000 for congressional campaign

Democratic state Sen. Emily Cain of Orono, who is running for the open 2nd Congressional District seat against Republican Bruce Poliquin of Oakland, announced Tuesday that she has raised nearly $380,000 in the second quarter of 2014, bringing her overall total for the 2014 election to more than $870,000. Cain’s second quarter total outpaced Poliquin significantly, […]