Crafts to be Republican nominee for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District; Brakey, Bennett concede

Dale Crafts will be the Republican nominee for Maine’s Second Congressional District after his two challengers conceded the race.His win isn’t official just yet. While Crafts holds a large lead over Adrienne Bennett and Eric Brakey, he does not have more than 50% of the vote.That means ranked-choice tabulation will be used to determine the final results.Brakey conceded Tuesday night and Bennett conceded Wednesday morning. Crafts spoke to the media Wednesday morning, with Bennett and Brakey and there to endorse him.Crafts will face incumbent Democratic Rep. Jared Golden in November. Republicans are trying to flip the district after Golden defeated incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin in 2018.”I like him as a person. I served with him, but the Democratic party has become progressive socialists. I am the opposite,” Crafts said.Crafts said he supports President Donald Trump’s policies relating to trade but mentioned that like former Gov. Paul LePage, there might be times they differ. Crafts did not mention anything specific.”There were several times we took them to task, sat down, had some really frank conversations. I am sure that will happen with the president also, but I do believe in this making America great again,” Crafts said.The Maine Secretary of State’s Office will conduct the final ranked-choice tabulation in Augusta.Ballot collection will begin Thursday throughout District and the processing of the ballot materials is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Friday.Tabulation will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.The Secretary of State’s Office said final results are likely by July 24.

Dale Crafts will be the Republican nominee for Maine’s Second Congressional District after his two challengers conceded the race.

His win isn’t official just yet. While Crafts holds a large lead over Adrienne Bennett and Eric Brakey, he does not have more than 50% of the vote.

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That means ranked-choice tabulation will be used to determine the final results.

Brakey conceded Tuesday night and Bennett conceded Wednesday morning.

Crafts spoke to the media Wednesday morning, with Bennett and Brakey and there to endorse him.

Crafts will face incumbent Democratic Rep. Jared Golden in November. Republicans are trying to flip the district after Golden defeated incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin in 2018.

“I like him as a person. I served with him, but the Democratic party has become progressive socialists. I am the opposite,” Crafts said.

Crafts said he supports President Donald Trump’s policies relating to trade but mentioned that like former Gov. Paul LePage, there might be times they differ. Crafts did not mention anything specific.

“There were several times we took them to task, sat down, had some really frank conversations. I am sure that will happen with the president also, but I do believe in this making America great again,” Crafts said.

The Maine Secretary of State’s Office will conduct the final ranked-choice tabulation in Augusta.

Ballot collection will begin Thursday throughout District and the processing of the ballot materials is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Friday.

Tabulation will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Secretary of State’s Office said final results are likely by July 24.