Three candidates seek Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate

Three candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. The winner will face incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins in November.The candidates are Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, attorney Bre Kidman and Betsy Sweet, who has worked in Augusta as an advocate through her lobbying firm for four decades. 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App users tap here if you can’t see the election results above.Gideon is considered the front-runner in the race and has the backing of national Democratic leaders.Unlike her primary opponents, Gideon, the daughter of a doctor and a nurse, opposes Medicare for All, which would make the government the single payer of health care and would outlaw private health insurance, but Gideon would grant Americans under 65 the option to buy into Medicare.As House Speaker, Gideon pushed for laws, signed by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, that expanded abortion access and enshrined protections of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act into state law, such as requiring preexisting conditions to be covered and letting kids stay on parents’ plans until they’re 26.Tap here to see results from all racesKidman is frustrated Democratic frontrunner Sara Gideon is raising and spending millions of dollars while avoiding candidate forums. Gideon did not participate in WMTW News 8’s debate last week. Kidman is no longer raising campaign funds.Kidman’s father was a police officer, and police reform is high on the campaign agenda.Kidman has worked on federal and state policies but has no prior elective experience and thinks that’s a plus.Sweet has built a four-decade career as an advocate and organizer focused on influencing legislation in Augusta.Sweet said her fingerprints are on legislation such as Maine’s 1986 family and medical leave law, which requires employers to grant workers 12 weeks of unpaid time off without jeopardizing their job.She pushed for the state’s 1996 Clean Elections Act, which offers public financing to political candidates who limit their private contributions.Most of Sweet’s efforts have occurred under the umbrella of her lobbying firm, Moose Ridge Associates, which has been financed by nonprofits, social service groups and environmental organizations.Ranked-choice voting will be used in this election. If a candidate does not get more than 50% of the vote in the initial vote tally, ranked-choice will be triggered. 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

Three candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. The winner will face incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins in November.

The candidates are Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, attorney Bre Kidman and Betsy Sweet, who has worked in Augusta as an advocate through her lobbying firm for four decades.

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Gideon is considered the front-runner in the race and has the backing of national Democratic leaders.

Unlike her primary opponents, Gideon, the daughter of a doctor and a nurse, opposes Medicare for All, which would make the government the single payer of health care and would outlaw private health insurance, but Gideon would grant Americans under 65 the option to buy into Medicare.

As House Speaker, Gideon pushed for laws, signed by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, that expanded abortion access and enshrined protections of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act into state law, such as requiring preexisting conditions to be covered and letting kids stay on parents’ plans until they’re 26.

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Kidman is frustrated Democratic frontrunner Sara Gideon is raising and spending millions of dollars while avoiding candidate forums. Gideon did not participate in WMTW News 8’s debate last week. Kidman is no longer raising campaign funds.

Kidman’s father was a police officer, and police reform is high on the campaign agenda.

Kidman has worked on federal and state policies but has no prior elective experience and thinks that’s a plus.

Sweet has built a four-decade career as an advocate and organizer focused on influencing legislation in Augusta.

Sweet said her fingerprints are on legislation such as Maine’s 1986 family and medical leave law, which requires employers to grant workers 12 weeks of unpaid time off without jeopardizing their job.

She pushed for the state’s 1996 Clean Elections Act, which offers public financing to political candidates who limit their private contributions.

Most of Sweet’s efforts have occurred under the umbrella of her lobbying firm, Moose Ridge Associates, which has been financed by nonprofits, social service groups and environmental organizations.

Ranked-choice voting will be used in this election. If a candidate does not get more than 50% of the vote in the initial vote tally, ranked-choice will be triggered.