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*{{bluedot}} [[Shenna Bellows]]<ref>[http://downeasttodc.bangordailynews.com/2013/09/12/home/susan-collins-democratic-senate-challenger-may-be-aclus-shenna-bellows/ ''Downeast to DC,'' "Susan Collins’ Democratic Senate Challenger May Be ACLU’s Shenna Bellows," accessed September 27, 2013]</ref>
  

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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
Susan Collins.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


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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.

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.[3][4][5]

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.

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.[12]

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.”[12]

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.[13] 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.[14]

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
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.

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.[15]

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

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 SENATE RACE RATINGS FOR JULY 18, 2014," accessed August 5, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed August 5, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. Portland Daily Sun, "Bennett announces primary bid against Collins for U.S. Senate," accessed December 3, 2013
  7. Seacoast Online, "Conservative Erick Bennett to challenge Sen. Collins in Maine," accessed December 3, 2013
  8. Downeast to DC, "Susan Collins’ Democratic Senate Challenger May Be ACLU’s Shenna Bellows," accessed September 27, 2013
  9. Bangor Daily News, "Update: Poliquin enters race for Congress," accessed October 24, 2013
  10. Sun Journal, "Sen. Emily Cain launches bid for Michaud's congressional seat," accessed October 24, 2013
  11. Roll Call, "Mike Michaud Exploring Bid for Governor in Maine #MEGOV #ME02," accessed October 24, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 Roll Call, "Maine: Collins Looks Safe, From Both Left and Right," accessed October 24, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008" Accessed October 25, 2011