Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Maine Congressional Seats
By Ballotpedia's Congressional team
|Maine's Congressional Elections in 2012|
|U.S. Senate Election?||U.S. House seats||Possible competitive races?|
AUGUSTA: Maine: Maine has two U.S. House seats and one U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. Both U.S. House incumbents are running for re-election and face at least one challenger in the general election. The U.S. Senate seat is open with the impending retirement of Olympia Snowe (R). Six candidates are vying for the seat on the general election ballot.
Currently, the Democratic Party holds both Congressional seats and the Republican Party holds both U.S. Senate seats -- one of which is up for election on November 6th.
In a competitive race for Senate, six candidates are running to fill the open seat created by the retirement of Republican incumbent Olympia Snowe. First elected in 1994, Snowe cited excessive partisanship as a reason why she she did not seek re-election.. Former Governor Angus King, who is running as a nonpartisan candidate, is leading the pack in recent polling.
|State||General Election Candidates||Incumbent||2012 Winner||Partisan Switch?|
|Maine Class 1 Senate seat|| Cynthia Dill
Andrew Ian Dodge
Danny Francis Dalton
According to race ratings, Maine's U.S. Senate race is considered a toss-up.
Maine's 2nd Congressional District will house a rematch between two political veterans in the Nov. 6th elections. Five-term incumbent Mike Michaud (D) will face former rival Kevin Raye (R), a current state senator. In 2002, Michaud defeated Raye for the 2nd District house seat by only 4 percentage points. Since then, Raye has spent eight years as a state senator and two years as senate president. The political climate of the district has also changed in recent years. While Democrats still account for most registered voters, the 2nd District added 3,500 Republican voters and incorporated the city of Waterville, which is "Democratic leaning."
Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Maine:
- Candidates running by District
- Partisan breakdown by district
- Comparison of new and old redistricting maps
|District||General Election Candidates||Incumbent||2012 Winner||Partisan Switch?|
|1st|| Chellie Pingree
|2nd|| Mike Michaud
|Members of the U.S. House from Maine -- Partisan Breakdown|
|Party||As of November 2012||After the 2012 Election|
| Congressional Redistricting Map, approved September 2011
For more information, view Redistricting in Maine.
- Political veterans face election rematch in Maine’s 2nd District September 25
- 2012 elections review: No incumbents defeated in Maine June 13
- 2012 elections preview: Maine voters to select winners in congressional, legislative primaries June 11
- Maine's Olympia Snowe will not seek re-election to U.S. Senate February 29
- Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Maine State Legislature
- Ballotpedia:2012 general election preview articles
- November 6, 2012 election results
- United States Congressional election results, 2012
- United States Senate elections in Maine, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2012
- Maine elections, 2012
- National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections
- Maine Government, "Elections FAQ"
- The Washington Post, "Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe to retire in blow to GOP" accessed February 29, 2012
- Governing, "2 Maine Pols Bow Out of Race for Snowe's U.S. Senate Seat" accessed March 12, 2012
- Rasmussen Reports Election 2012: Maine Senate, September 27, 2012
- Boston Globe, "Maine's 2nd District race features rematch," September 23, 2012