Three Republicans seek nomination for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District

Three candidates are vying for the Republican nomination for Maine’s Second Congressional District. The winner 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.The candidates are Adrienne Bennett, Eric Brakey and Dale Crafts.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App users tap here if you can’t see the election results aboveBennett, who lives in Bangor, is best known as the press secretary for former Gov. Paul LePage. This is her first run for elected office.Bennett also supported Trump early in 2016 and helped organize his first Maine rally that spring in Portland.Bennett’s said she supports work requirements for the able-bodied and time limits on government benefits like the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).She said Golden was wrong to vote to impeach Trump and oppose his new trade treaty with Canada and Mexico.Brakey, of Lewiston, points to his record in the state senate representing Androscoggin County for two terms until 2018. Brakey gave up his seat that year to challenge independent Sen. Angus King, but King easily won reelection.Brakey sponsored the 2015 law that eliminated the state’s requirement to obtain a permit to carry a concealed gun and the 2016 law that gave Mainers with a terminal illness the “right to try” experimental medications before they’re approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Brakey’s biggest complaint with Golden’s record in the U.S. House is his vote to impeach President Trump.Crafts, of Lisbon, served eight years in the Maine House. He was endorsed by LePage.Crafts said his resume is the main reason LePage and 50 current and former state legislators with whom he served four terms in Augusta have endorsed him.He said his vote for LePage’s 2011 tax cut helped stimulate the Maine economy, while the Trump tax cuts of 2017 did the same for the nation.Crafts said Golden’s vote this year to impeach President Trump was out of sync with their district.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.Tap here to see results from all 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

Three candidates are vying for the Republican nomination for Maine’s Second Congressional District.

The winner 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.

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The candidates are Adrienne Bennett, Eric Brakey and Dale Crafts.

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Bennett, who lives in Bangor, is best known as the press secretary for former Gov. Paul LePage. This is her first run for elected office.

Bennett also supported Trump early in 2016 and helped organize his first Maine rally that spring in Portland.

Bennett’s said she supports work requirements for the able-bodied and time limits on government benefits like the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).

She said Golden was wrong to vote to impeach Trump and oppose his new trade treaty with Canada and Mexico.

Brakey, of Lewiston, points to his record in the state senate representing Androscoggin County for two terms until 2018. Brakey gave up his seat that year to challenge independent Sen. Angus King, but King easily won reelection.

Brakey sponsored the 2015 law that eliminated the state’s requirement to obtain a permit to carry a concealed gun and the 2016 law that gave Mainers with a terminal illness the “right to try” experimental medications before they’re approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Brakey’s biggest complaint with Golden’s record in the U.S. House is his vote to impeach President Trump.

Crafts, of Lisbon, served eight years in the Maine House. He was endorsed by LePage.

Crafts said his resume is the main reason LePage and 50 current and former state legislators with whom he served four terms in Augusta have endorsed him.

He said his vote for LePage’s 2011 tax cut helped stimulate the Maine economy, while the Trump tax cuts of 2017 did the same for the nation.

Crafts said Golden’s vote this year to impeach President Trump was out of sync with their district.

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.

Tap here to see results from all races