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2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Maine

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2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Maine

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Both Maine seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 2 0
Seats won 2 0
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 427,819 265,982
Percentage 61.66% 38.34%

The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Maine was held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 to elect the two U.S. Representatives from the state of Maine, one from each of the state's two congressional districts. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election and an election to the U.S. Senate. Democrats would not win both of Maine's congressional districts again until 2018.

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Contents

Overview

United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2012 [1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Democratic 427,819 61.66% 2 2 -
Republican 265,982 38.34% 0 0 -
Totals 693,801 100% 2 2 -

Redistricting

Unlike most states, which will pass or have passed redistricting laws to redraw the boundaries of their congressional districts based on the 2010 United States Census in advance of the 2012 elections, Maine law requires that redistricting be done in 2013. In March 2011, a lawsuit was filed asking a U.S. district judge to ensure redistricting is completed in time for the 2012 elections. According to the Census, the 1st district had a population of 8,669 greater than that of the 2nd district.[2] The Maine Democratic Party, which opposes the lawsuit, was granted intervenor status, and argues that the lawsuit constitutes an attempt by the Maine Republican Party to force Representatives Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud, both of whom are Democrats, to run in the same district.[3] On June 9, 2011, a panel of three federal judges agreed that failing to redistrict would be unconstitutional, and that the state should redraw the boundaries of its districts immediately.[4]

Governor Paul LePage will call a special session of the Maine Legislature on September 27 to consider a redistricting plan.[5] On August 15, both Republicans and Democrats released redistricting proposals. The Republican plan would move Lincoln County, Knox County (including Pingree's hometown of North Haven) and Sagadahoc County from the 1st district to the 2nd, and move Oxford County and Androscoggin County from the 2nd district to the 1st, thereby making the 2nd district more favorable to Republicans. The Democratic plan, meanwhile, would not significantly change the current districts: only Vassalboro would be moved from the 1st district to the 2nd.[6]

District 1

Democrat Chellie Pingree, who has represented Maine's 1st congressional district since 2009, was gathering signatures to run for the U.S. Senate, however she decided not to run.[7][8] State senator Cynthia Dill and state representative Jon Hinck, both of whom are Democrats, had picked up petitions to run in the 1st district. However after Pingree stepped out of the Senate race, Dill and Hinck returned campaigning for U.S. Senate

Democratic primary

Primary results

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chellie Pingree (incumbent) 31,965 100.0
Total votes 31,965 100.0

Republican primary

Candidates

Primary results

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jonathan Courtney 14,558 50.4
Republican Patrick Calder 14,330 49.6
Total votes 28,888 100.0

General election

Polling

Poll
source
Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Chellie
Pingree (D)
Jon
Courtney (R)
Undecided
Maine People's Resource Center March 31 – April 2, 2012 522 ± 4.29% 61% 28% 11%

Results

Maine's 1st congressional district, 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chellie Pingree (incumbent) 236,363 64.8
Republican Jonathan T. E. Courtney 128,440 35.2
Total votes 364,803 100.0
Democratic hold

District 2

Democrat Mike Michaud, who has represented Maine's 2nd congressional district since 2003, will not run for the U.S. Senate, and is running for a sixth term in the United States House of Representatives.[11] David Costa, a concierge at the Portland Harbor Hotel; Wellington Lyons, a lawyer; and David Lamoine, a former state treasurer, had taken out papers to seek the Democratic nomination to succeed Michaud had he run for Senate.[10] Emily Cain, the minority leader of the Maine House of Representatives, had also planned to seek the Democratic nomination in the 2nd district if Michaud decided to run for the Senate seat.[12]

Democratic primary

Results

Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Michaud (incumbent) 21,895 100.0
Total votes 21,895 100.0

Republican primary

Candidates
Declined
  • Jason Levesque, businessman and 2010 candidate for Maine's 2nd congressional district[14]

Primary results

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kevin Raye 18,703 60.0
Republican Blaine R. Richardson 12,465 40.0
Total votes 31,168 100.0

General election

Polling

Poll
source
Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mike
Michaud (D)
Kevin
Raye (R)
Undecided
Maine People's Resource Center March 31 – April 2, 2012 471 ± 4.51% 53% 37% 10%

Results

Maine's 2nd congressional district, 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael Michaud (incumbent) 191,456 58.2
Republican Kevin L. Raye 137,542 41.8
Total votes 328,998 100.0
Democratic hold

References

  1. ^ a b c "Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions, Elections Division". Main Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commission, Elections. Archived from the original on August 1, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  2. ^ "Lawsuit aims to speed Maine redistricting". Bangor Daily News. March 29, 2011. Archived from the original on April 7, 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  3. ^ Hench, David (April 27, 2011). "Federal judges to review redistricting lawsuit". Kennebec Journal. Archived from the original on May 3, 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  4. ^ Canfield, Clarke (June 9, 2011). "Maine's congressional districts must be redrawn". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  5. ^ Miller, Joshua (August 4, 2011). "Maine Legislature Will Hold Special Session on Redistricting Plan". Roll Call. Retrieved August 5, 2011.
  6. ^ Russell, Eric (August 15, 2011). "Republicans' redistricting plan would add more GOP voters to 2nd District". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  7. ^ Russell, Eric (February 29, 2012). "Michaud, Pingree and Baldacci may seek Olympia Snowe's seat; King, Raye and Cutler also considering". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  8. ^ Riskind, Jonathan (7 March 2012). "Pingree won't run for U.S. Senate".
  9. ^ Gagnon, Matthew (June 30, 2011). "The Next David To Pingree's Goliath". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved July 8, 2011.
  10. ^ a b Murphy, Edward D. (February 29, 2012). "Baldacci, Michaud, Pingree take out papers for Senate seat". Kennebec Journal. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  11. ^ Russell, Eric (March 1, 2012). "Michaud to stay in House race; Republicans cautiously considering Senate seat". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  12. ^ a b Higgins, A.J. (February 29, 2012). "Maine Lawmakers Stampede to Qualify for Ballot in Wake of Snowe's Departure". Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  13. ^ Mistler, Steve (January 5, 2012). "Raye will challenge Michaud for congressional seat". Lewiston Sun Journal. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
  14. ^ Miller, Joshua (July 13, 2011). "GOP Sees Opportunity With Maine House Seat". Roll Call. Retrieved July 14, 2011.

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