Your Vote 2018


Steve Mistler / Maine Public

The four candidates running to become Maine’s next governor participated in their first forum in Lewiston Monday night. The event was hosted by the Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and accordingly focused on a slate of business and economic issues.

Maine Public staff

The progressive group that spent more than $190 million in the 2016 election is using a unique social media tactic to influence the Maine race for governor.

Maine Public staff

Maine's major-party gubernatorial candidates are running nearly even among the 50-and-older crowd.  That's the finding of a new AARP poll out Wednesday.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

The campaign to bring universal home care to Maine officially launched Tuesday.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Some are calling 2018 the year of the woman.

The sentiment is fueled by the backlash to President Donald Trump, whose inauguration prompted millions to take to the streets for the Women's March in Washington, D.C. and around the country. And it's been sustained by a #metoo movement that has disrupted the power dynamic in Hollywood, media, politics and the workplace. Now, a record number of women are running for elected office, and many are asking how all of this energy might affect the upcoming election in Maine.

Supporters of a fall ballot question that would create a universal home health care system by assigning new taxes on Maine’s higher earners may not want to link the issue with their choice for governor. That’s because all four gubernatorial candidates have now declared their opposition to the initiative, which would provide daily in-home living services for Mainers older than 65 and those with disabilities through new targeted payroll taxes.


S. Donald Sussman, the hedge fund manager and philanthropist with extensive ties to Maine, is among a triumvirate of progressive mega-donors who are trying to break the Republican grip on state houses and governors’ offices. And Maine is among the group’s targets.

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

Independent Sen. Angus King received the support Friday of two former prominent Maine U.S. senators from opposing parties.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Democratic Socialists of America is endorsing Zak Ringelstein in his bid to unseat popular independent Sen. Angus King in Maine.
The public school teacher is the only major-party Senate candidate in the nation to be a dues-paying democratic socialist. And he's the first Senate candidate to earn a DSA endorsement this year.

Republican Shawn Moody and Democrat Janet Mills are locked in a tie in the race for governor, according to a new poll released by Suffolk University in Boston.

Will Hoar is one of two independents seeking the 2nd Congressional District seat held by Republican Bruce Poliquin. The 35-year-old special education teacher from Southwest Harbor plans a somewhat unconventional campaign.

Hoar says he is just starting to do some of the things he needs to do as a candidate — such as being interviewed by reporters. He says a couple of related issues drove him to run for Congress. Hoar says health care is a major issue for Mainers, as it is in his family. His wife has a chronic health condition.

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Democratic candidates for the Maine State Senate say that their campaigns have received a boost from former President Barack Obama.

Included in Obama’s first wave of endorsements Wednesday, issued via Twitter, were Louis Luchini of Ellsworth; Linda Sanborn of Gorham and Laura Fortman, of Nobleboro. Two of the candidates say they were completely surprised by the endorsement.

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A superior court judge said that he will soon rule on whether Republican Gov. Paul LePage can single-handedly withhold more than $1 million in public campaign funds from more than 100 legislative candidates and one candidate who is running for governor.

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A longtime Republican activist involved with numerous campaign controversies says that he has moved to Hollis, Maine to challenge Democratic state Sen. Justin Chenette.

Stavros Mendros, a fixture in Lewiston politics, has been drafted as a replacement candidate by York County Republicans.

In response to the announcement, Chenette quickly highlighted Mendros' violations in campaign finance and election laws.

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As part of an effort to strengthen its defense of the nation’s election system from cyber-tampering, the Department Of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated a list of individuals in each state for clearance to receive classified information about suspected attacks.