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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon raised more money between April and June 24 than the incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins for the second quarter in a row.

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As part of Maine Public's coverage of election issues throughout the year, we feature this Your Vote 2020 interview with candidates who will be on the ballot during the primary election on July 14.

Two Democratic primary candidates for U.S. Senate will be interviewed to learn about their views on current events, the issues they are prioritizing, and what they feel voters need to know about them.

Knocking on doors and meeting personally with voters has long been crucial to political campaigns in Maine. Voters often like to talk to those who want to represent them in the legislature or in Congress. But the coronavirus pandemic has changed how candidates campaign.

The campaign for the United States Senate seat held by Republican Susan Collins is set to break records for a statewide race in Maine.

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A bill before state lawmakers would allocate $2 million to Maine Family Planning to make up for lost federal funds after the organization withdrew as a statewide grantee from the federal Title X program last year

Democrat Sara Gideon's campaign says it raised $3.5 million in the last three months of 2019 and spent nearly that much over the period in her bid to unseat Republican Sen. Susan Collins.

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There are currently four Democrats in Maine seeking their party's nomination in next year's U.S. Senate race. In recent weeks, Maine Public has talked with each of them about the issues that are most important to Maine Democrats, according to pollsters.

Maine Public's Political Correspondent Mal Leary spoke with House Speaker Sara Gideon about taxes, the opioid crisis and, of most concern to Democrats, health care.

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Maine's campaign finance regulators voted Wednesday to fine Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon’s now-dissolved political action committee for contributions made in her name three years ago. But the Maine Ethics Commission declined to investigate the matter further.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins continues to build a formidable war chest for her likely 2020 reelection bid, even as she was outpaced last quarter by Democratic challenger Sara Gideon.

An ethics complaint has been filed against Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon for allowing her leadership political action committee to reimburse her for political donations in 2015 and 2016.

PORTLAND, Maine - Republican Sen. Susan Collins hasn't officially announced whether she's seeking reelection. But that isn't stopping campaign dollars from pouring into Maine.

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In response to two recent deadly mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, about 100 protesters rallied in downtown Portland Sunday afternoon to advocate for gun control legislation.

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The non-partisan Cook Report, which analyzes political contests across the nation has changed its take on the 2020 Maine U.S. Senate election from “leaning Republican” to a “toss-up.”

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The lead campaign committee for Republican U.S. Senate candidates has deployed mobile billboards in Portland and Freeport depicting Democratic candidate Betsy Sweet as being in the company of far left politicians. The ads are actually intended to help Sweet’s campaign.

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon has admitted to a campaign finance violation, and some believe it could hurt her campaign.

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