Maine elections, 2014

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1 2014 elections
1.1 Races to watch in Maine
1.2 Elections by type
2 Voting in Maine
2.1 Important voting information
2.2 Voting absentee
2.3 Voting early
3 Elections Performance Index
4 See also
5 References



Maine

The state of Maine will hold elections in 2014. Below are the dates of note:

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2014 elections

Races to watch in Maine

Maine State Legislature


See also: Maine State Senate elections, 2014 and Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Maine State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 17, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the primary election was April 28, 2014, and the deadline for non-party candidates to run in the general election was June 2, 2014. Heading into the election, the Democratic Party controls the chamber. The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Elections for the office of Maine House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 17, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the primary election was April 28, 2014, and the deadline for non-party candidates to run in the general election was June 2, 2014. Heading into the election, the Democratic Party controls the chamber. The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Elections by type

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1 U.S. Senate elections in Maine
1.1 Candidates
1.2 Race background
1.3 Issues

U.S. Senate elections in Maine

See also: United States Senate elections in Maine, 2014 and United States Senate elections, 2014

Voters in Maine will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014. 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.[1][2][3] The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Susan Collins (R). Collins was first elected in 1996.

Candidates

Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

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.[7]

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,” he added. “I doubt any credible Dems will take her on this cycle. They would be crazy to do so.”[7]

Issues

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 funds 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.[8] 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.[9]

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1 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Maine
1.1 Partisan breakdown
1.2 Incumbents
1.3 List of candidates by district

U.S. House of Representatives elections in Maine

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2014 and United States House of Representatives elections, 2014

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Maine will take place on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect two candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's two congressional districts. 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.[1][2][3]

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds both of the two congressional seats from Maine.

Members of the U.S. House from Maine -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of July 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 2 Pending
     Republican Party 0 Pending
Total 2 2

Incumbents

Heading into the 2014 election, the incumbents for the seven congressional districts are: Heading into the 2014 election, the incumbents for the two congressional districts are:

Name Party District
Chellie Pingree Electiondot.png Democratic 1
Mike Michaud Electiondot.png Democratic 2

List of candidates by district

Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

1st Congressional District

General election candidates


June 10, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Third Party Candidates

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates


June 10, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Independent Third Party Candidates

Declined to run

Withdrew prior to the primary

State executive official elections in Maine

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See also: Maine state executive official elections, 2014 and State executive official elections, 2014
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1 State executive official elections in Maine
1.1 Governor

The Maine gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Paul LePage (R) is running for re-election. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

Governor


Candidates

Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

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Paul LePage is running for a second term as governor in 2014.[41][34] The often divisive Republican is widely considered one of the most vulnerable gubernatorial incumbents facing re-election this year. Sources ranging from Governing, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, The Washington Post and Daily Kos have rated the 2014 Maine governor's race as a tossup.[42][43][44][45] In June 2013, after Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud launched his bid for the office, LePage briefly indicated interest in running for Michaud's seat in the U.S. House in 2014 as a way to avoid the risk of such a formidable challenge.[46][34] Though his threat of a congressional run amounted to nothing, LePage proved he is not impervious to the pessimism surrounding his re-election campaign.

On November 4, 2013, after establishing himself as the race's front-runner, Michaud disclosed in an op-ed column submitted to three of the state’s major news outlets that he is gay.[47] Michaud emphasized that his sexuality is irrelevant to his ability to perform as governor, if elected. He said he came out in response to "whisper campaigns" instigated by opponents in order to cast suspicion about his personal life.[48] The revelation puts Michaud in the running - alongside 2014 Maryland gubernatorial hopeful state Rep. Heather Mizeur - to become the first openly gay man or woman to be elected governor in the nation's history.

State Senate election in Maine

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See also: Maine State Senate elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014
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1 State Senate election in Maine
1.1 Majority control
1.2 List of candidates by district

Elections for the office of Maine State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 17, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the primary election was April 28, 2014, and the deadline for non-party candidates to run in the general election was June 2, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds the majority in the Maine State Senate:

Maine State Senate
Party As of July 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 19 Pending
     Republican Party 15 Pending
     Independent 1 Pending
Total 35 35

List of candidates by district

Note: Pending once the filing deadline occurs in 2014.

District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17District 18District 19District 20District 21District 22District 23District 24District 25District 26District 27District 28District 29District 30District 31District 32District 33District 34District 35

State House elections in Maine

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See also: Maine House of Representatives elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014
Contents
1 State House elections in Maine
1.1 Majority control
1.2 List of candidates by district

Elections for the office of Maine House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014, and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for party candidates wishing to run in this election was March 17, 2014. The deadline for write-in candidates to run in the primary election was April 28, 2014, and the deadline for non-party candidates to run in the general election was June 2, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds the majority in the Maine House of Representatives:

Maine House of Representatives
Party As of July 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 89 Pending
     Republican Party 58 Pending
     Independent 4 Pending
Total 151 151

List of candidates by district

Note: Pending once the filing deadline occurs in 2014.

District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17District 18District 19District 20District 21District 22District 23District 24District 25District 26District 27District 28District 29District 30District 31District 32District 33District 34District 35District 36District 37District 38District 39District 40District 41District 42District 43District 44District 45District 46District 47District 48District 49District 50District 51District 52District 53District 54District 55District 56District 57District 58District 59District 60District 61District 62District 63District 64District 65District 66District 67District 68District 69District 70District 71District 72District 73District 74District 75District 76District 77District 78District 79District 80District 81District 82District 83District 84District 85District 86District 87District 88District 89District 90District 91District 92District 93District 94District 95District 96District 97District 98District 99District 100District 101District 102District 103District 104District 105District 106District 107District 108District 109District 110District 111District 112District 113District 114District 115District 116District 117District 118District 119District 120District 121District 122District 123District 124District 125District 126District 127District 128District 129District 130District 131District 132District 133District 134District 135District 136District 137District 138District 139District 140District 141District 142District 143District 144District 145District 146District 147District 148District 149District 150District 151

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Statewide ballot measure elections in Maine

See also: Maine 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

No statewide ballot measures are certified for the 2014 statewide ballot in Maine.

Potential measures

Type Title Subject Description

Abortion || Requires parental consent for minors seeking to have an abortion

Voting in Maine

See also: Voting in Maine
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Important voting information

  • Maine uses a closed primary system, meaning voters must register with a party to be able to vote in their primary election.
  • As of July 2014, Maine is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration.

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Maine, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Maine is one of 33 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins as soon as ballots are made available and ends the day before election day.[49]

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Maine ranked 14th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen to in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Maine received an overall score of 69%.[50]

See also

References

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  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
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