FOCUS ON: MAINE

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WHERE THINGS STAND IN MAINE TODAY

Few states have seen such a positive turnaround as Maine in the last 2 years. 

From 2010-2018 Maine’s citizens were forced to suffer the insufferable Paul LePage as their Governor. 

And in 2016 Donald Trump won one of Maine’s Electoral Votes.

But in 2018 Democrats mounted a comeback, taking back the Governorship, flipping the Maine State Senate (and thus giving them a Democratic ‘trifecta’), adding 16 seats to their majority in the Maine State House, flipping a Congressional seat and more.

That has all set the table for Maine’s big-ticket items in 2020: Defeating Susan Collins and taking back that Electoral Vote. 

But that’s just the beginning. 

Here are the 5 reasons why Maine is so important this year.

REASON #1 – SENDING SUSAN COLLINS HOME

We’ve had it with her ‘concern’. 

We’re through with her ‘disappointment’.

Susan Collins has got to go. 

Sure, when she voted to keep the Affordable Care Act in 2017 it appeared as though Susan Collins would do the right thing in the face of GOP recklessness.

But soon after she agreed to the Republicans’ awful tax cut plan, which chipped away at Obamacare. Then she voted for Brett Kavanaugh and delivered a speech that insulted anyone who was concerned with the sexual assault allegations against him.

And when it comes to Donald Trump she can never seem to do much more than muster ‘concern’ and ‘disappointment’ over his treasonous behavior.

But it’s not just a matter of retiring Susan Collins or dethroning Mitch McConnell. It’s about voting for someone you can be proud of, and Democrats have an incredible candidate in Sara Gideon who will lead Maine into the future.

We must send Sara to the Senate.

REASON #2 – FLIPPING MAINE 2ND DISTRICT’S ELECTORAL VOTE

We’ve all seen the simulations. There are small-but-not-impossible odds of getting a 269-269 Electoral Vote tie this year.

And our country will not be able to withstand that kind of turmoil.

1 Electoral Vote could literally make all the difference in the world, and that’s why it is vital that we flip this vote back after Trump won it in 2016. It will not be easy. But after Jared Golden’s win in this district in 2018 (more on that below) it is certainly doable if we put in the work.

We must get Joe Biden this 1 Electoral Vote.

REASON #3 – DEFEND THE MAINE STATE SENATE

Democrats control the Maine Governorship and both chambers of the Maine State Legislature, giving them a Democratic ‘trifecta’.

Although Maine only has 2 Congressional seats, it also has 186 State Legislative seats, and they will all be redrawn in 2021. And if Democrats maintain their trifecta, they will have the most say over how those maps are drawn. Further, Congressional maps drawn by Democrats could make the Republican-leaning 2nd District more favorable to Democrats, which in turn could have an impact on that district’s Electoral Vote in 2024 and 2028. It’s all connected.

The Maine State Senate is made up of 35 seats. All 35 seats are up for election this year.

Potentially flippable seats are in Districts 8, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 33, and 34.

Potentially vulnerable seats are in Districts 2, 14, 20, and 30.

You can see maps for the Maine State Senate Districts here.

REASON #4 – EXPAND CONTROL OF THE MAINE STATE HOUSE

The Maine State House is made up of 151 seats. All 151 seats are up for election this year. Democrats currently dominate the chamber with a significant majority.

A quick glance of the 56 Republican-held seats show that over a dozen are what would be considered ‘flippable’. Some targets are Districts 5, 19, 21, 22, 25, 65, 67, 70, 71, 75, 76, 86, 87, 117, and 131.

Similarly, a number of seats could be considered vulnerable, particularly those seats that we flipped in 2018. Some Districts to focus on are defensively are 10, 29, 46, 53, 58, 84, 89, and 128.

You can see maps for the Maine State House Districts here.

REASON #5 – DEFENDING JARED GOLDEN

Jared Golden eked out a win in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District in 2018, thanks in large part to ranked choice voting, and we need to give him as large a margin of victory as possible in his re-election bid this year.

The more likely we are to keep Jared as the Representative for this seat with a sizable win, the more likely Joe Biden will also win that district’s Electoral Vote.

And beyond that, Jared has been a fine Congressman for his district and deserves another term.

Thank you for taking the time to read about why Maine is so important this year.

Keep in mind that these are not the only reasons to Focus on Maine in 2020. There are a number of other local elections worth your time and attention as well.

If you’d like to help Focus on Maine, please sign up HERE for the DemCast “Focus14” Maine effort.

And for more analysis, follow me at @trumpstaxes on Twitter.


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