United States Senate elections in Maine, 2014

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U.S. Senate, Missouri General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Collins Incumbent 67% 413,505
     Democratic Shenna Bellows 30.8% 190,254
     Other Other 0% 269
     Blank None 2.1% 12,968
Total Votes 616,996
Source: Maine Secretary of State Official Results



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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Maine

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 10, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Susan Collins Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Susan Collins Republican Party
Susan Collins.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Maine elected one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Susan Collins (R), who was first elected in 1996, defeated Shenna Bellows (D) in the general election. On November 4, 2008, Susan Collins won re-election to the United States Senate.

Despite the fact that Maine was considered a blue state, Susan Collins (R) was generally considered safe in her bid for re-election in 2014.[3] Cook Political Report rated the Maine Senate race as "Solid R," signifying Collins' was very likely to continue her tenure as a U.S. Senator. Financially, the Federal Election Commission showed that Collins was able to outspend her opponent by way of having more cash-on-hand.

Despite the odds heavily favoring Collins, Bellows had been reported to be staying resilient in her efforts to contest the Senate seat. She proved consistent in her fundraising and had managed to gain favor of out-of-state spenders in her campaign.[4] In October, Maine born author Stephen King endorsed Bellows' campaign. Despite these efforts, October polls showed Collins still maintained a resounding lead that was difficult to narrow.

Republican consultant Erik Potholm commented on the race, saying, “She may be the strongest Republican incumbent in the country. She has sky high approval numbers and has become a political rock star in Maine. In the past she has easily crushed top tier Dem challengers like [former Rep.] Tom Allen and [now-Rep.] Chellie Pingree. I doubt any credible Dems will take her on this cycle. They would be crazy to do so.”[3]

Collins and Bellows both faced no opposition in their primaries.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 17, 2014
June 10, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Maine is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[5][6][7]

Voter registration: Voters needed register to vote in the primary by either May 20, 2014 (by mail or through voter registration drive) or on election day (in person). For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 14, 2014. However, there was no cut-off date for registering in person at the town office or city hall.[8]

See also: Maine elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election filled the Senate seat held by Susan Collins (R). Collins was first elected in 1996.

Candidates

General election candidates


June 10, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Rumored candidates

Declined to run

Race background

Despite the fact that Maine was considered a blue state, Susan Collins (R) was generally considered safe in her bid for re-election in 2014.[3]

Elections

General election results

The state of Maine held an election for the U.S. Senate on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Susan Collins (R) defeated challenger Shenna Bellows (D) in the general election.

U.S. Senate, Missouri General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Collins Incumbent 67% 413,505
     Democratic Shenna Bellows 30.8% 190,254
     Other Other 0% 269
     Blank None 2.1% 12,968
Total Votes 616,996
Source: Maine Secretary of State Official Results

Issues

Economy

Balanced Budget Amendment

Of the three candidates running in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District and two candidates on the ballot for the U.S. Senate, Bellows was the only candidate who did not support passing a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.[14]

Key votes

Below are important votes the incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[15] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Susan Collins voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[16]

Endorsements

Susan Collins

  • On May 16, 2014, Independent Senator Angus King endorsed Susan Collins.[17]
    • King said in his endorsement, “I’ve seen firsthand her work ethic, her intelligence and her integrity. She always puts Maine and the country first and isn’t afraid to cross party lines to get things done. I think she’s one of the Senate’s MVP’s — smart, tough and always willing to listen. In my book, she’s a model senator, and I’m delighted to support her re-election.”[18]
  • In June 2014, the Human Rights Campaign endorsed Collins.[19]

Polls

General election

General election match up
Poll Susan Collins (R) Shenna Bellows (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
CBS/NYT/YouGov
September/October 20-1, 2014
57%33%9%+/-3.01,531
CBS/NYT/YouGov
July 5-24, 2014
65%29%3%+/-3.01,327
UNH/Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram
June 12-18, 2014
72%17%10%+/-4.3527
Rasmussen Reports
April 23-25, 2014
60%24%9%+/-3.0830
Public Policy Polling
November 8-11, 2013
59%20%22%+/-3.2964
AVERAGES 62.6% 24.6% 10.6% +/-3.3 1,035.8
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Rumored candidates

General election match up
Poll Susan Collins (R) Chellie Pingree (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
August 23-25, 2013
57%34%9%+/-3.2953
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


General election match up
Poll Susan Collins (R) Stephen King (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
August 23-25, 2013
54%31%15%+/-3.2953
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


General election match up
Poll Susan Collins (R) Eliot Cutler (I)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
August 23-25, 2013
53%33%14%+/-3.2953
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Republican primary

Republican primary
Poll Susan Collins Bruce PoliquinMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
August 23-25, 2013
64%24%+/-3.2953
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign contributions

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Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season.

Susan Collins (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2013$921,220.26$374,028.55$(63,543.74)$1,231,705.07
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2013$1,231,705.07$1,043,327.00$(188,503.22)$2,086,528.85
October Quarterly[22]October 13, 2013$2,086,528.85$805,793.81$(125,679.77)$2,766,642.89
Year-end[23]January 31, 2014$2,766,642$314,920$(81,317)$3,000,245
July Quarterly[24]July 15, 2014$3,882,472$451,815$(303,107)$4,032,710
October Quarterly[25]October 15, 2014$4,032,710$735,130$(1,758,210)$3,009,630
Running totals
$3,725,014.36$(2,520,360.73)
Shenna Bellows (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[26]October 15, 2013$0.00$0.00$(0.00)$0.00
Year End[27]January 31, 2014$0$333,957$(100,343)$233,614
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2014$233,614$434,805$(152,694)$515,724
Pre-Primary[29]May 29, 2014$515,724$258,238$(192,459)$581,503
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2014$581,503$305,997$(237,320)$650,200
October Quarterly[31]October 15, 2014$650,200$701,293$(988,214)$363,279
Running totals
$2,034,290$(1,671,030)


Election history

2014

U.S. Senate, Missouri General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Collins Incumbent 67% 413,505
     Democratic Shenna Bellows 30.8% 190,254
     Other Other 0% 269
     Blank None 2.1% 12,968
Total Votes 616,996
Source: Maine Secretary of State Official Results

2012

On November 6, 2012, Angus King won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Cynthia Dill, Charles Summers, Andrew Ian Dodge, Danny Francis Dalton and Stephen Woods in the general election.

U.S. Senate, Maine General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngAngus King 51.1% 370,580
     Democratic Cynthia Dill 12.8% 92,900
     Republican Charles Summers 29.7% 215,399
     Libertarian Andrew Ian Dodge 0.8% 5,624
     Independent Danny Francis Dalton 0.8% 5,807
     Independent Stephen Woods 1.4% 10,289
     N/A Blank Votes 3.3% 24,121
Total Votes 724,720
Source: Maine Secretary of State "United States Senate Election Results"

2008

On November 4, 2008, Susan Collins won re-election to the United States Senate. She defeated Thomas H. Allen (D) in the general election.[32]

U.S. Senate, Maine General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Collins incumbent 61.3% 444,300
     Democratic Thomas H. Allen 38.6% 279,510
     N/A Other 0.1% 620
Total Votes 724,430

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 SENATE RACE RATINGS FOR JULY 18, 2014," accessed August 5, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed August 5, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Roll Call, "Maine: Collins Looks Safe, From Both Left and Right," accessed October 24, 2013
  4. Bangor Daily News, "The audacity of Shenna Bellows," October 15, 2014
  5. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  8. Maine Secretary of State Website, "State of Maine Voter Guide," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. Downeast to DC, "Susan Collins’ Democratic Senate Challenger May Be ACLU’s Shenna Bellows," accessed September 27, 2013
  10. Bangor Daily News, "Bangor educator exploring entry into race for U.S. Senate seat held by Collins," accessed January 14, 2014
  11. Bangor Daily News, "Update: Poliquin enters race for Congress," accessed October 24, 2013
  12. Sun Journal, "Sen. Emily Cain launches bid for Michaud's congressional seat," accessed October 24, 2013
  13. Roll Call, "Mike Michaud Exploring Bid for Governor in Maine #MEGOV #ME02," accessed October 24, 2013
  14. Bangor Daily News, "All 2nd Congressional District, Senate candidates but Bellows support balanced budget amendment," accessed August 12, 2014
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Roll Call, "Angus King Rolls Out Bipartisan Senate Endorsements," accessed May 19, 2014
  18. Politico, "Angus King endorses Susan Collins," accessed May 19, 2014
  19. Huffington Post, "Susan Collins Endorsed By Major Gay Rights Group, Despite Not Backing Marriage Equality (UPDATE)," accessed August 28, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Susan Collins April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Susan Collins July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 15, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 13, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed May 15, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 15, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed June 18, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 15, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013