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Bruce Poliquin Wins GOP Nomination In Second Maine District

June 15, 2022

Former Congressman Bruce Poliquin won his party’s nomination for the U.S. House seat in Maine’s Second Congressional District on Tuesday.

Poliquin, who served from 2015 to 2019, defeated fellow Republican Liz Caruso, a Caratunk selectman, in the primary 61 percent to 39 percent, according to Bangor Daily News.

Poliquin moves on to face incumbent Democrat Jared Golden in the general election. Poliquin lost re-election to Golden 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent in 2018; it was the first U.S. House race in the state to be decided by ranked-choice voting. Poliquin would have won the election under the predominant  first-past-the-post method of counting votes, since he got more first-choice votes than Golden did.

Former President Donald Trump won the Second Maine District in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.

Maine’s Second Congressional District covers the largely rural central and northern portions of the state. The Poliquin-Golden tilt will be a test of how widespread the expected Republican victories in the mid-presidential-term elections in November will be.


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