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July 16, 2012
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
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)
March 2, 2012
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.”
February 29, 2012
Maine Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud have begun the process of building Senate campaigns, even though neither has come to a final decision on whether to run to succeed retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R).
Sources in both camps maintain that the looming March 15 deadline to file forced the two Representatives to move ahead with gathering petition signatures as they still mull a Senate run.
While there have been reports that national Democrats are pushing for the two Members to decide between themselves which of them will run for Senate, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that the two will square off in the Democratic primary, according to a Maine Democrat.
February 3, 2012
Rep. Mike Michaud has a solid lead over his Republican challenger in Maine’s 2nd district, according to a poll commissioned by the Democratic lawmaker’s campaign.
Michaud led state Senate President Kevin Raye (R) 55 percent to 32 percent in the poll conducted by Democratic polling firm Normington Petts. The survey also showed Michaud with a favorable/unfavorable rating of 51 percent/19 percent and with 88 percent name identification in the redrawn district.