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Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Maine State Legislature

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October 29, 2012

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

Maine's State Legislative Elections in 2012
Senate seats Contested senate seats House seats Contested house seats
35 32 (91.4%) 151 139 (92.0%)

AUGUSTA: Maine: There are 186 total legislative seats with 2012 elections in Maine, where polling places in municipalities with a population less than 500 are open between 6 AM and 10 AM while municipalities with a population of 500 or more are open between 6 AM and 8AM. All polls close at 8 PM.[1]

The State Senate has a total of 35 seats and is currently under Republican control, 19 to 15, with 1 Independent. 13 incumbents, 7 Democrats and 6 Republicans, are retiring from the Senate this year. The 153-seat House of Representatives is 77-71 in favor of the Democrats, with 1 Independent, 2 Non-Voting members, and 2 vacant seats. Of the 52 retiring incumbents, 25 are Republican and 27 are Democrats. Because both chambers have a majority by small margins, both could change hands in this election.

Of the 184 incumbents up for election in 2012, 121 (65.8%) of them are running for re-election. A total of 171 of 186 (91.9%) districts will see more than one major party candidate in the general election.

Here are a few races to watch:


  • District 3: Term-limited State Rep. John Tuttle (D) is challenged by Bradford Littlefield (R) for this open seat.[2]
  • District 27: State Rep. Herbert Clark (D) will face incumbent Senator Douglas Thomas (R). Clark has claimed that Thomas is "in hot water in his district" due to an unpopular proposed highway project that passes through the district.[3]


Maine State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 15 21
     Republican Party 19 13
     Independent 1 1
Total 35 35

Maine House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 71 86
     Republican Party 77 61
     Independent 1 4
     Non-voting 2 2
     Vacancy 2 0
Total 153 153


See also