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October 29, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Maine's Congressional Elections in 2012
U.S. Senate Election? U.S. House seats Possible competitive races?
Yes 2 1 (Senate)

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 Maine, municipalities with a population less than 500 open between 6 AM and 10 AM while municipalities with a population of 500 or more open between 6 AM and 8AM. All polls close at 8 PM.[1]

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

U.S. Senate

In a competitive race for Senate, six candidates are running to fill the open seat created by the retirement of Republican incumbent Olympia Snowe.[2] First elected in 1994, Snowe cited excessive partisanship as a reason why she she did not seek re-election.[3]. Former Governor Angus King, who is running as a nonpartisan candidate, is leading the pack in recent polling.[4]

State General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
Maine Class 1 Senate seat Democratic Party Cynthia Dill
Republican Party Charles Summers
Libertarian Party Andrew Ian Dodge
Independent Angus King
Independent Danny Francis Dalton
Independent Stephen Woods
Olympia Snowe Pending Pending

According to race ratings, Maine's U.S. Senate race is considered a toss-up.

U.S. House

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."[5]

Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Maine:

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District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Chellie Pingree
Republican Party Jonathan Courtney
Chellie Pingree Pending Pending
2nd Democratic Party Mike Michaud
Republican Party Kevin Raye
Mike Michaud Pending Pending

Members of the U.S. House from Maine -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 2 2
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 2 2

 Congressional Redistricting Map, approved September 2011 

For more information, view Redistricting in Maine.

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See also

Maine

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