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Just days after the nation's top intelligence officer warned of persistent attempts by Russia to hack American voting infrastructure, the Maine Secretary of State's office confirmed that it is seeking federal funds to beef up cybersecurity of the state’s voter registration system.

Maine incumbents have retained their fundraising advantages months ahead of November federal races.

Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin reported Sunday a war chest of $2.6 million through June, while Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree reported about $685,000 on hand.

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King reported $2.4 million in cash through late May.

Democratic Assistant Leader Jared Golden has raised $1.1 million to unseat Poliquin.

Leaders of both major political parties are scrambling to fill candidate vacancies across the state as 33 party nominees have withdrawn from legislative races. Most of the nominees were republican contenders. Mal Leary Mal Leary joined Maine Things Considered from the capitol to explain what this all means. 

This story was originally published July 11, 2018 at 6:05 p.m. ET.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Independent gubernatorial candidate Terry Hayes is urging legislators to correct a typo that's preventing Clean Election funding from being released to qualified candidates.

Hayes, who is Maine's state treasurer, was joined today at a State House press conference by other publicly funded candidates who are urging that the funding be released.

"I think probably the most nefarious outcome, the most negative outcome, is that it signifcantly erodes the trust that people have in the people who are doing the governing," Hayes said.

Tiffany Bond

Tiffany Bond is running a very different kind of campaign for Congress in the Second District.

An independent candidate, Bond says she won’t be airing any broadcast ads and is not accepting campaign contributions. Instead, she urges supporters to contribute money to a local charity along with a note in support of her candidacy.

“I’m happy to do a lot of things that don’t cost money, that don’t require me to raise money and be beholden to somebody else,” Bond says.

Tiffany Bond is a family lawyer and considers herself middle class.

Democrats Rally Behind Candidate Jared Golden

Jun 28, 2018
A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

Democrats from across the state's 2nd Congressional District gathered in Bangor this Thursday to show united support for state Rep. Jared Golden.

The Lewiston Democrat was declared the district's primary winner under Maine's ranked-choice voting system with 54 percent of the vote, and he will face the two-term Republican incumbent Congressman Bruce Poliquin.

Golden said Poliquin's opposition to Medicaid expansion and his reluctance to engage in public discussions on issues of concern to voters should be a sign that it's time for a change.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

Update: Maine Citizens For Clean Elections File Suit Against LePage

The State Ethics Commission has crafted a short-term fix to sidestep a political logjam that is keeping public campaign financing from reaching candidates. But the commission, which administers these public funds under the Clean Elections Act, says lawmakers will have to address the larger problem in order to avoid possible legal challenges.

Political charges and counter-charges are flying around efforts to preserve the state program that provides public funding for state candidates. The fight over the Maine Clean Elections Act is unlikely to be over anytime soon.

For weeks, Maine lawmakers have known that a drafting error in the state budget passed last year prevents the Maine Ethics Commission from paying its bills and providing payments to candidates under the voter-approved Clean Elections Act.

Irwin Gratz / Maine Public

The campaign over a home health care initiative on the November ballot began Tuesday – with its opponents.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Maine Democrats rallied at the State House Thursday to show support for their nominee for governor, Attorney General Janet Mills.

The event was held roughly 10 hours after Mills' victory in a seven-way primary was confirmed, after a runoff vote in the nation's first statewide ranked-choice voting primary.

Mills will now face Republican candidate Shawn Moody, the founder of a chain of auto body repair shops who is touting his business experience. Moody has vowed to continue LePage's policy agenda.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Jared Golden has won the Democratic nomination for Maine's Second Congressional District Race. The Maine Secretary of State's office made the announcement Wednesday evening after the results from ranked-choice voting catapulted Golden into a clear majority, which he fell just short of on election night.

Golden garnered 49 percent of the the vote on election night, giving him a strong lead over runner-up Lucas St. Clair's 41 percent. After the ranked-choice voting count, Golden sealed his victory, with 54 percent of the vote compared to St. Clair's 45 percent.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Attorney General Janet Mills is the Democratic nominee for governor, according to official results from Maine’s first ranked-choice voting election announced by the Maine Secretary of State Wednesday.

Marty Grohman

Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has come out in support of a candidate in the 1st Congressional District race, and it's not the GOP candidate.

LePage said Tuesday that Democrat-turned-independent Marty Grohman "is what Maine needs." He called him a "good man" who's in politics "for the right reasons."

Grohman, a state lawmaker and businessman from Biddeford, hopes to unseat Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree. Also in the race is GOP candidate Mark Holbrook, of Brunswick.

Democrats wasted no time in responding to the governor's comment.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine election officials are ready to announce election results in the nation's biggest test of ranked-choice voting.

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

Maine Republicans were out in Augusta Tuesday to show unified support for gubernatorial nominee Shawn Moody.

“I am so excited to be here, to be introducing our nominee for governor, and yes the republican party does have a nominee for governor for the great state of Maine,” Maine GOP Chair Demi Kouzounas told the crowd, taking a swipe at the fact that the democrats do not yet have a nominee, thanks to ranked-choice tabulations taking place now.

At the rally, Moody said that LePage and Republicans in the legislature had done good work preparing a foundation in the state.

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