State Rep. Jared Golden (D-Lewiston), the body’s Assistant Majority Leader, announced his congressional candidacy against two-term Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Oakland/Bangor) in the sprawling 2nd Congressional District. Four other Democrats are already in the race, but Rep. Golden is clearly the strongest of the group. Mr. Poliquin won his seat in 2014, when incumbent Rep. Mike Michaud (D) vacated the seat to run unsuccessfully for Governor. The Republican incumbent has twice defeated former state Sen. Emily Cain (D). The 2nd District supported President Trump in November, thus awarding him one electoral vote from Maine. The Pine Tree State and Nebraska are the only two places that split their allotted electoral votes. This race could become competitive next year. Rep. Poliquin already has $1.16 million cash-on-hand after raising and spending just about $3.5 million to win 53-44% last year.
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