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March 18, 2014

League of Conservation Voters Endorses in Maine Primary

The League of Conservation Voters’ political action arm announced Tuesday it has endorsed state Sen. Emily Cain, one of two Democrats seeking Maine’s open 2nd District seat.

The group, which spends significant funds on congressional races, endorsed Cain over her Democratic primary opponent, state Sen. Troy Jackson, saying Cain has a better record on environmental issues. The endorsement could come with financial support in both the primary and the general, as Republicans are targeting the seat.

“Emily Cain is a leader who embraces our moral obligation to address climate change,” LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski said in a statement. “She stands up for public health and our environment and will be a strong voice against polluters seeking to stop the scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink.”

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December 2, 2013

Maine Republican Won’t Seek Competitive House Contest

Former state Sen. Richard Rosen, a Republican, announced this weekend that he will not seek the GOP nod in Maine’s 2nd District, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Rosen, who now directs the state’s Office of Policy and Management, said in August that he would run for the seat. But in an email to the Bangor Daily News, Rosen said he decided against a congressional bid.

“The opportunity to represent my fellow Mainers in Washington D.C. would be a great and solemn privilege, but I have come to recognize that my preference is to serve the state in a way that allows me to remain close to the people of Maine,”  Rosen wrote.

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November 21, 2013

House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced on Thursday 36 candidates who have achieved the committee’s “On the Radar” status.

This ranking is the first of three levels of the committee’s fundraising and infrastructure program. Earning this status means the NRCC “will help to provide candidates and their campaigns the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents,” according to an NRCC release.

The final level is “Young Gun” status.

“These 36 candidates all provide a stark contrast to their liberal opponents, whose support of ObamaCare and this Administration’s big-government, job-destroying agenda has taken a toll on the American people,” NRCC Chairman Greg Walden said in a statement.

Four of those rated are former members who lost re-election bids in 2012: former Reps. Robert Dold and Bobby Schilling of Illinois, Frank Guinta of New Hampshire and Nan Hayworth of New York.

Some of the other challengers are running in the same districts.
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November 15, 2013

GOP Front-Runner Emerges in Targeted Open House Seat in Maine

GOP Front Runner Emerges in Targeted Open House Seat in Maine

Raye is running for Congress in the 2nd District. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former state Senate President Kevin Raye, a Republican, is solidifying his support as the GOP front-runner in Maine’s competitive 2nd District — a strong pick-up opportunity for the GOP in 2014.

An internal poll from Raye’s campaign released last week showed him far ahead of the two other GOP candidates — thanks in large part to his high name recognition in the district. Meanwhile, Maine Office of Policy and Management Director Richard Rosen, a top Republican who had been eyeing a bid, appears poised to stay out of the GOP primary, according to local sources.

“The fact is that Kevin Raye looks like he is the presumptive front-runner of the seat, and that’s a big deal for Republicans up here,” said one Maine GOP operative unaffiliated with any candidates in the race. “It’s been a long time since we’ve held that seat.” Full story

October 9, 2013

EMILY’s List Backs Two More House Candidates

EMILY’s List, a group that boosts female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights, has endorsed two candidates in competitive House races in Maine and California.

On Wednesday, the organization offered their support to state Sen. Emily Cain, running in Maine’s 2nd District, and former Capitol Hill aide Amanda Renteria, running in California’s 21st District. Full story

September 3, 2013

Republican to Make Third Bid for Maine House Seat | #ME02

Former state Sen. Kevin Raye announced late last week that he is running for Maine’s open 2nd District, according to a local newspaper, becoming the fourth GOP candidate in an increasingly crowded primary contest.

This is Raye’s third congressional bid: He tried twice, unsuccessfully, to beat Democratic Rep. Michael H. Michaud, once in 2002 and again last cycle. Michaud is vacating the 2nd District to run for governor in the Pine Tree State.

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August 26, 2013

Republican Enters Open-Seat Race to Replace Michaud | #ME02

Republican Bruce Poliquin announced on Monday that he will run for Maine’s 2nd District in a competitive open-seat contest to replace Democratic Rep. Michael H. Michaud.

Michaud recently announced a gubernatorial bid.

Poliquin, a former state treasurer who lost the Republican nomination for Senate in 2012, has long been expected to announce a bid for the seat.

He made his official announcement Monday morning on a local radio show, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Poliquin is now the second Republican to announce a run for the 2nd District. Assistant House Minority Leader Alex Willette announced a bid soon after Michaud announced he was eyeing a gubernatorial run.

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August 15, 2013

Michaud Officially Enters Maine Gubernatorial Race | #ME02

Michaud Officially Enters Maine Gubernatorial Race | #ME02

Michaud will leave Congress to run for governor. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Michael H. Michaud, D-Maine, formally announced Thursday that he is running for governor in the Pine Tree State, creating a competitive and crowded race for the 2nd District he leaves behind.

Michaud had been exploring a gubernatorial bid since June.

Three Democrats and one Republican have already entered the race for his House seat, which operatives say will likely be competitive now that it’s an open-seat race.

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July 22, 2013

EMILY’s List Puts 6 House Candidates ‘On the List’

EMILY’s List announced their preliminary support for six new female House candidates from across the country on Monday.

The organization, which supports female Democratic candidates who back abortion rights, stopped short of giving the contenders their full endorsements.

But the following candidates have been placed “On the List,” giving them access to EMILY’s List’s fundraising and grass-roots supporters:

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July 1, 2013

24-Year-Old GOP Lawmaker Runs for House #ME02

Republican state Rep. Alex Willette announced on Monday that he will run in Maine’s 2nd District, a  likely competitive open-seat race in 2014.

Willette is the first Republican to announce a bid for the seat since Rep. Michael H. Michaud, a Democrat, announced last month that he is exploring a gubernatorial bid in the Pine Tree State.

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June 27, 2013

LePage Won’t Run for Congress #ME02

LePage Wont Run for Congress #ME02

Michaud is exploring a run for governor. (Joshua Miller/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Embattled Maine Gov. Paul R. LePage said Thursday he will not run for Congress in the 2nd District, according to local reports.

Earlier this month, Democratic Rep. Michael H. Michaud launched an exploratory committee to challenge LePage for governor in in 2014. If Michaud officially enters the governor’s race, the 2nd District would be open in 2014.

LePage, a Republican, told reporters last week that he was considering running for Michaud’s seat, after a difficult week in the state capital.

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June 13, 2013

Competitive House Race Surfaces in Maine | The Field #ME02

Democratic Rep. Michael H. Michaud’s Thursday announcement that he is exploring a run for governor in Maine could spark crowded primaries for his competitive 2nd District.

Michaud has won that district with comfortable margins for six terms, but his seat could be competitive if he launches a gubernatorial bid. President Barack Obama won it with 53 percent last year.

“This obviously becomes a nationally targeted race if Michaud runs for governor,” said Erik Potholm, a Republican consultant who has worked extensively in Maine politics. “For Republicans, it’s a tremendous opportunity to pick up a new seat, because the … rural areas [located in the district] do really well for Republicans.”

Local and national Republican operatives rattled off several potential GOP candidates who could run in the 2nd District. Full story

July 16, 2012

Maine: Democratic Poll Shows Mike Michaud Way Up

Maine: Democratic Poll Shows Mike Michaud Way Up

(Joshua Miller/CQ Roll Call)

A new poll from Maine Rep. Mike Michaud (D) shows him leading his GOP challenger, state Senate President Kevin Raye, by 32 points. In a horse-race matchup among likely voters, Michaud led Raye 62 percent to 30 percent, with 8 percent of those polled undecided.

In a polling memo from Democratic firm Normington, Petts & Associates, which conducted the survey for Michaud, pollster Jill Normington noted that Michaud is well-liked. Fifty-one percent of those polled had a favorable impression of Michaud, while only 21 percent had saw him unfavorably.

The Raye campaign knocked the release of the poll.

“It appears as though the Michaud campaign needs a little comic relief,” said Raye adviser Kathie Summers-Grice. “Any time Mike has a bad fundraising quarter, it’s duck and deflect and let’s throw something out there.” Full story

July 12, 2012

NRCC Locks In Third Clip of Young Guns

NRCC Locks In Third Clip of Young Guns

Maine Senate President Kevin Raye, who is running in the state's 2nd district, was one of seven candidates announced in a new round of the NRCC's Young Guns today. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee today announced its third round of Young Guns — candidates who have reached the highest tier of the committee’s recruitment and candidate support program.

The seven new candidates are:

  • Former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, running in Florida’s open 22nd district
  • Attorney Ben Lange, running in Iowa’s 1st district against Rep. Bruce Braley (D)
  • John Deere attorney John Archer, running in Iowa’s 2nd district against Rep. Dave Loebsack (D)
  • State Senate President Kevin Raye, running in Maine’s 2nd district against Rep. Mike Michaud (D)
  • State Public Service Commissioner Kevin Cramer, running in North Dakota’s open at-large seat
  • Businessman Danny Tarkanian, running in Nevada’s open 4th district
  • Former Erie County Executive Chris Collins, running New York’s 27th district against freshman Rep. Kathy Hochul (D)

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March 2, 2012

Maine: Kevin Raye Decides Not to Run for Senate

Maine state Senate President Kevin Raye (R) has decided to continue his campaign against Rep. Mike Michaud (D) in the state’s 2nd district, instead of mounting a Senate bid.

Raye had been considering the statewide race in light of Sen. Olympia Snowe’s (R) retirement announcement this week. In a statement, Raye described the encouragement he had received from his supporters.

“Many of them have urged me to run for the United States Senate, and others have asked me to continue my candidacy for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat,” he said. “After careful consideration, I have decided to remain a candidate for the 2nd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

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