United States Senate elections in Maine, 2014

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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:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
Susan Collins Republican Party
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2014 U.S. House Elections

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

The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Susan Collins (R). Collins was first elected in 1996.

Despite the fact that Maine is considered a blue state, Susan Collins (R) is generally considered safe in her bid for re-election in 2014.[1]

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.”[1]

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.[2][3][4]

Voter registration: Voters must 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 is October 14, 2014. However, there is no cut-off date for registering in person at the the town office or city hall.[5]

See also: Maine elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently 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

Independent Third Party Candidates

Rumored candidates

Declined to run

Race background

Despite the fact that Maine is considered a blue state, Susan Collins (R) is generally considered safe in her bid for re-election in 2014.[1]

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.”[1]

Issues

Controversy

Time in jail

In January 2014, Independent candidate Erick Bennett insisted that his time spent in jail, the result of a domestic violence assault conviction a decade prior, showed integrity.[13]

In 2003, Bennett was convicted of Class D assault after attacking his wife.[13] He fought the conviction until 2004, when it was affirmed by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, which ruled that “the court did not commit clear error or abuse its discretion in excluding irrelevant evidence at trial,” and that “sufficient evidence does exist in the record to support his conviction.”[13] Bennett claims he is innocent and said the justice system is stacked against alleged attackers in domestic violence cases.[13]

“All that needs to be done is you have to repeat what you wrote down in the police report and that allows the victim to be viewed as a credible witness. So basically, if someone writes something down, it doesn’t have to be true. All they have to do is repeat that on the stand. … That’s grounds for anyone to be convicted of domestic violence...The fact that I have been jailed repeatedly for not agreeing to admit to something I didn’t do should speak to the fact of how much guts and integrity I have. If I go to D.C., I’m going to have that same integrity in doing what I say, and saying what I do, when it comes to protecting people’s rights, as well as their pocketbooks."[13]

Comment about Rep. Michaud

Bennett drew attention in December 2013 when he called Rep. Mike Michaud a “homo” on a Facebook post.[14]

He posted on Facebook that gun confiscation could “easily happen” in Maine thanks to the state’s elected representatives. He then went on to call Michaud “a closet homo in DC who voted to discriminate against same sex couples.”[14]

Key votes

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

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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 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 reelection.”[18]

Polls

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 in this race. 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

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 in this race. 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 in this race. 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) Shenna Bellows (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
November 8-11, 2013
59%20%22%+/-3.2964
Rasmussen Reports
April 23-25, 2014
60%24%9%+/-3.0830
AVERAGES 59.5% 22% 15.5% +/-3.1 897
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. 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 in this race. 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

Candidate Ballot Access
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Candidates for Congress are 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[19]April 15, 2013$921,220.26$374,028.55$(63,543.74)$1,231,705.07
July Quarterly[20]July 15, 2013$1,231,705.07$1,043,327.00$(188,503.22)$2,086,528.85
October Quarterly[21]October 13, 2013$2,086,528.85$805,793.81$(125,679.77)$2,766,642.89
Year-end[22]January 31, 2014$2,766,642$314,920$(81,317)$3,000,245
Running totals
$2,538,069.36$(459,043.73)
Shenna Bellows (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[23]October 15, 2013$0.00$0.00$(0.00)$0.00
Year End[24]January 31, 2014$0$333,957$(100,343)$233,614
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2014$233,614$434,805$(152,694)$515,724
Pre-Primary[26]May 29, 2014$515,724$258,238$(192,459)$581,503
Running totals
$1,027,000$(445,496)


Election history

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.[27]

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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Roll Call, "Maine: Collins Looks Safe, From Both Left and Right," accessed October 24, 2013
  2. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  5. Maine Secretary of State Website, "State of Maine Voter Guide," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. Downeast to DC, "Susan Collins’ Democratic Senate Challenger May Be ACLU’s Shenna Bellows," accessed September 27, 2013
  7. Portland Daily Sun, "Bennett announces primary bid against Collins for U.S. Senate," accessed December 3, 2013
  8. Seacoast Online, "Conservative Erick Bennett to challenge Sen. Collins in Maine," accessed December 3, 2013
  9. Bangor Daily News, "Bangor educator exploring entry into race for U.S. Senate seat held by Collins," accessed January 14, 2014
  10. Bangor Daily News, "Update: Poliquin enters race for Congress," accessed October 24, 2013
  11. Sun Journal, "Sen. Emily Cain launches bid for Michaud's congressional seat," accessed October 24, 2013
  12. Roll Call, "Mike Michaud Exploring Bid for Governor in Maine #MEGOV #ME02," accessed October 24, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Sun Journal, "GOP candidate says his time in jail shows integrity," accessed January 28, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 Think Progress, "Maine Senate Candidate Calls Gay U.S. Rep. A ‘Homo’," accessed January 28, 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. Federal Election Commission, "Susan Collins April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Susan Collins July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 13, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed May 15, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 15, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed June 18, 2014
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013