How Maine’s 2nd Congressional District became battleground in presidential race

Maine has become a battleground state in the race for the White House and could play a critical role in deciding the next president.Because Maine allows for its electoral votes to be split, the Second Congressional District is up for grabs, and the Trump and Biden campaigns are vying for that crucial electoral vote.On his one trip to Maine, Vice President Mike Pence made sure to campaign in the Bangor area, which is the heart of the Second District.Four years ago, President Donald Trump easily won the district and earned one of Maine’s four Electoral College votes.Pence argued that the administration’s increased military spending is a boost for local jobs.”We’re well on our way to a 350 ship Navy, many of which will be built at Bath Iron Works right here in Maine,” Pence said.The rally was in Penobscot County, which is one of eight Maine counties to switch from supporting the Obama-Biden ticket in 2012 to the Trump-Pence ticket in 2016.Seven of those eight counties were in the Second District, which is why Jill Biden visited Orono in September.”Joe is the only candidate in this race with a plan to recover from this pandemic,” Jill Biden said.The Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is the top line of attack for Biden surrogates, like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren who addressed voters in Lewiston, the district’s largest city.”You can’t open this economy if you can’t get this virus under control,” Warren said.After the pandemic, polls revealed that the top issues for Mainers are the economy and jobs and health care. More than a quarter of registered voters have already returned an absentee ballot.Trump and Pence tout their conservatism, including cutting taxes and rolling back taxes. They also stress their ideological differences with Biden.”I think Joe Biden and the party today have been overtaken by the radical left,” Pence said.”The Trump administration lies all of the time, and they are attacking Biden in the most outrageous ways imaginable,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said.Sanders, twice the runner-up to a Democratic presidential nominee, said Biden represents more help for middle and working-class Mainers.”Joe Biden wants to raise that minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour. We’ve got to do that,” Biden said.Party registration data statewide show 90,000 more Democrats in Maine than Republicans, which could give Biden an edge in the election.There is a new twist to this year’s election. For the first time, Maine will use ranked-choice voting in a presidential election.

Maine has become a battleground state in the race for the White House and could play a critical role in deciding the next president.

Because Maine allows for its electoral votes to be split, the Second Congressional District is up for grabs, and the Trump and Biden campaigns are vying for that crucial electoral vote.

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On his one trip to Maine, Vice President Mike Pence made sure to campaign in the Bangor area, which is the heart of the Second District.

Four years ago, President Donald Trump easily won the district and earned one of Maine’s four Electoral College votes.

Pence argued that the administration’s increased military spending is a boost for local jobs.

“We’re well on our way to a 350 ship Navy, many of which will be built at Bath Iron Works right here in Maine,” Pence said.

The rally was in Penobscot County, which is one of eight Maine counties to switch from supporting the Obama-Biden ticket in 2012 to the Trump-Pence ticket in 2016.

Seven of those eight counties were in the Second District, which is why Jill Biden visited Orono in September.

“Joe is the only candidate in this race with a plan to recover from this pandemic,” Jill Biden said.

The Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is the top line of attack for Biden surrogates, like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren who addressed voters in Lewiston, the district’s largest city.

“You can’t open this economy if you can’t get this virus under control,” Warren said.

After the pandemic, polls revealed that the top issues for Mainers are the economy and jobs and health care. More than a quarter of registered voters have already returned an absentee ballot.

Trump and Pence tout their conservatism, including cutting taxes and rolling back taxes. They also stress their ideological differences with Biden.

“I think Joe Biden and the party today have been overtaken by the radical left,” Pence said.

“The Trump administration lies all of the time, and they are attacking Biden in the most outrageous ways imaginable,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said.

Sanders, twice the runner-up to a Democratic presidential nominee, said Biden represents more help for middle and working-class Mainers.

“Joe Biden wants to raise that minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour. We’ve got to do that,” Biden said.

Party registration data statewide show 90,000 more Democrats in Maine than Republicans, which could give Biden an edge in the election.

There is a new twist to this year’s election. For the first time, Maine will use ranked-choice voting in a presidential election.