The Tipping Point Blog Archive 2008
The election in senate district 15 will likely be one of the closest contests in November. The Republican incumbent, Senator Lois Snowe-Mello, is fielding a challenge from term-limited Democratic Representative Deborah Simpson. Snowe-Mello won by only 395 votes in 2006, and Simpson is a strong campaigner.
The experts I talked to all agreed that both candidates will work hard to contest the seat, but were split on
Due to the worsening economic crisis, I've decided to suspend the series on state senate races and instead fly to Washington to help with the bailout… or maybe I'll just write about how the crisis has affected Maine's people and politics.
With the retirement of Karl Turner in District 11, what has previously been a solid Republican seat may have become much more competitive, and political observers from across the ideological spectrum are interested in the race.
Jesse Graham, executive director of the progressive Maine People's Alliance identified it as one of the races he's watching most closely.
Maine's 1st Senate District encompasses the five southernmost towns in the state, including York and Kittery, and like District 32, features a race between an incumbent Senator and an opponent who has held the seat previously.
Every Republican I've asked about the Senate has listed District 1 as a top opportunity to pick up a seat. Dan Billings, a
The state Senate race in district 32 (Bangor and Hermon) pits incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Perry against former Senator Tom Sawyer, who lost the seat to then Representative Perry in 2004. The rematch is attracting a lot of interest.
Tony Payne, executive director (and blogger)
Maine may be shaded a solid blue on CNN's presidential election map, but the real story is much more complicated, especially at the state and local level.
Alex Ray was the first executive director of the Maine Republican Party, a post he held from 1971-1974. In his new book, "Hired Gun: A Political Odyssey," he describes a deeply dived Republican party, explains how he won big victories for Republicans in the state House and Senate, and also gives lie to the notion of Maine politics being devoid of dirty tactics.
There's a slim chance that northern and central Maine will decide the Presidential election.
Because Maine assigns two of its electoral votes in the presidential election to the winner of each of the state's two congressional districts, there's always the possibility that the states vote will be split, with three votes going to one candidate and one to the other.
The split would be most likely to occur if John McCain made inroads into the 2nd district. Despite the fact that a Democrat