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2012 U.S. Senate Elections in Maine

CandidatesPollsElection History

November 6 Election Winner:
Angus King Independent
Incumbent prior to election:
Olympia Snowe Republican Party
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Cook Political Report Race Rating
     Tossup (Prior to election)

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2012 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Maine will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the November 6, 2012 elections.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run is March 15, 2012. The primary elections were held on June 12, 2012.

The election will fill the Class 1 Senate seat, which is currently held by Olympia Snowe (R). First elected in 1994, Snowe will not be seeking re-election in 2012 and will instead retire.[1] She cited excessive partisanship as a reason why she is not seeking re-election.[2]

A third party candidate, Angus King, was Governor from 1995-2003. An early poll indicated he could win a three-way race for the seat. If elected, it is unclear which party he would caucus with, throwing uncertainty on the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.[3]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Cynthia Dill
Republican Party Charles Summers
Independent Andrew Ian Dodge
Independent Aaron Marston
Independent Angus King


June 12, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Withdrawn:

Republican PartyRepublican primary

IndependentThird party

Race rating

Cook Political Report

Each month the Cook Political Report releases race ratings for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House (competitive only) and Governors. There are seven possible designations: [14]

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic

     Tossup

     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

Cook Political Report Race Rating -- Maine Senate
Month Rating
May 31, 2012*[15]     
May 10, 2012*[16]     
March 22, 2012*[17]     
March 1, 2012[18]     
January 26, 2012[19]     
December 22, 2011[20]     
December 1, 2011[21]     

* As of March 22, the race frontrunner was Angus King, who has yet to declare a party affiliation; the Cook Political Report is leaving the the race rating as a Tossup.

Election history

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.[22]

U.S. Senate General Election, Maine, 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
     Independent Other 0.1% 620
Total Votes 724,430

2006

On November 7, 2006, Olympia Snowe won re-election to the United States Senate. She defeated Jean M. Hay Bright (D) and William H. Slavick (I) in the general election.[23]

U.S. Senate General Election, Maine, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngOlympia Snowe Incumbent 74.4% 405,596
     Democratic Jean M. Hay Bright 20.8% 113,131
     Independent William H. Slavick 4.8% 26,222
     Independent Other 0% 179
Total Votes 545,128

See also

External links

References

  1. The Washington Post "Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe to retire in blow to GOP" Accessed February 29, 2012
  2. Governing "2 Maine Pols Bow Out of Race for Snowe's U.S. Senate Seat" Accessed March 12, 2012
  3. Chicago Tribune "Independent recasts race to replace Snowe in Maine," March 15, 2012
  4. Portland Daily Sun Accessed February 18, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Maine Secretary of State "Candidate List Primary 2012" Accessed March 13, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 Associated Press "Election Results" Accessed June 12, 2012
  7. Scott D'Amboise campaign website "About Scott," Accessed January 5, 2012
  8. Washington Examiner "Andrew Ian Dodge," Accessed January 5, 2012
  9. Dodge for Senate "Why Andrew Ian Dodge left the GOP" Accessed March 1, 2012
  10. Portland Press Herald "More candidates jump into Maine's congressional races" Accessed March 3, 2012
  11. Maine Public Broadcasting Network "List of Maine Senate Candidates Grows" Accessed March 13, 2012
  12. The Washington Post "Why Angus King is the most important Senate candidate in the country" Accessed March 13, 2012
  13. Bangor Daily News "Angus King enters race for U.S. Senate" Accessed March 13, 2012
  14. Cook Political Report "Our Accuracy," Accessed December 12, 2011
  15. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," May 31, 2012
  16. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," May 10, 2012
  17. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," March 22, 2012
  18. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," March 1, 2012
  19. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," January 26, 2012
  20. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," December 27, 2011
  21. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," December 1, 2011
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008" Accessed October 25, 2011
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"