This week on Maine's Political Pulse:

— The candidates in the U.S. Senate race make their final arguments during the home stretch of the campaign

— The historic flood of campaign cash in that race

Republican Sen. Susan Collins defended her votes to confirm judges to the federal judiciary.

Democratic challenger and Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon pressed Collins on the future of the Affordable Care Act.

Independent Lisa Savage earnestly touted the benefits of Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.

And Max Linn shelved the theatrics he’s previously used to garner attention to portray himself as the only candidate who isn’t serving party masters.

Kris Bridges / For Maine Public

The most expensive campaign in Maine history continues apace as the leading candidates in the high-profile U.S. Senate race draw staggering amounts of cash from across the country.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

With less than a month until the election, the four candidates in the race for Maine’s U.S. Senate seat sharply diverged on health care, economic assistance during the pandemic, the Supreme Court confirmation process and other topics during a live debate aired on Maine Public Thursday night from the Augusta Civic Center.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden and Republican Dale Crafts squared off in a debate Thursday night on WABI TV for who will represent Maine’s 2nd Congressional District.

Democrats lead Republicans in the races for president, U.S. Senate and the 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts in Maine. That’s according to the latest Pan Atlantic Research Omnibus Poll of 600 likely Maine voters conducted online Oct. 2-6.

Andrew Catalina / Maine Public

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is deciding whether absentee ballots received up to two days after the election should be counted. The court heard arguments from several groups that are seeking an opinion.


The Maine AFL-CIO and the State Council of Machinists are calling on Susan Collins’ campaign to take down an ad the organizations say is false and misleading.

PORTLAND, Maine — With the election three weeks away, more than 133,000 Mainers already have voted by absentee ballot with Democrats outpacing Republicans in both requesting and returning ballots.

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Incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and Republican challenger Jay Allen disagreed on just about every issue, including health care, in a 1st District congressional debate Tuesday sponsored by Portland television station WGME.

There’s less than a month left before Election Day on Nov. 3, and the four candidates in the U.S. Senate contest in Maine are making their final pitch to voters.

This week on Maine's Political Pulse:

— Republican Sen. Susan Collins tries to keep her high-profile reelection bid local as her leading challenger Sara Gideon turns up the heat on conservative judges and the president.

— The Maine Democratic Party trolls Collins with signs linking her to the standard bearer of her party.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

A little more than a year ago, Sara Gideon was someone known mostly in the insular political circles of the Maine Legislature. Today, the Democratic Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives is within striking distance of unseating Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Over the course of nearly three decades, Republican Sen. Susan Collins has crafted a centrist brand that once made her one of the most popular politicians in the country.

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A former Florida businessman and who ran for governor there is now making a play for one of Maine’s U.S. Senate seats. Although observers of the closely watched race say independent Max Linn can’t beat incumbent Republican Susan Collins or Democrat Sara Gideon, he could influence which one of them does get the win.