Your Vote 2020

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From the implementation of ranked-choice voting in next year’s Democratic primary, to the transition from a caucus to a primary, we’ll discuss the 2020 campaign, including the departure of Susan Collins’ only primary opponent, reaction to the latest debate among the Democratic candidates and why many of them are making stops in Maine.


Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Former state Sen. Eric Brakey of Auburn kicked off his bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Golden of the 2nd District at a diner in Auburn on Tuesday.

A self-described libertarian Republican, Brakey told a crowd of roughly 50 supporters at Rolly’s Diner that he’s running on a platform of liberty from government regulation, government-run health care and needless involvement in foreign wars.

Eric Gray / AP

In August, the Pew Research Center released a poll showing a sharp increase in the number of Americans who view climate change as a major threat to the well-being of the country ⁠— from 40 percent in 2013 to 57 percent now. And it is of particular concern to Democratic voters, as reflected by the emergence of climate change as a leading issue in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

Democratic New Jersey Senator and presidential candidate Cory Booker made a campaign stop Saturday at Thompson’s point in Portland, where he spoke to a crowd of about 250 people about the need for nuclear energy and gun licensing. He also touched on other big themes in his campaign.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills will allow a bill to become law next year that extends Maine’s landmark ranked-choice voting system to be used in presidential elections.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public File

Maine's first-term Democratic congressman says he's not going to take a side in the state's much-watched U.S. Senate race featuring Republican Susan Collins.

Elise Amendola / AP

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, will visit Maine Saturday to promote his presidential bid.

Mary Schwalm

There's been a recent surge in Democratic presidential candidates visiting Maine, as New Jersey U.S. Sen. Cory Booker announced Tuesday that he'll campaign in Portland on Saturday. The flurry of campaign stops — three in a little over a week — illustrate a new electoral landscape for independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who dominated the Democratic caucuses in Maine in 2016. Sanders on Sunday drew a sellout crowd for a rally at the State Theatre in Portland, but his candidacy and his supporters are confronting a new political dynamic that the progressive firebrand from Vermont helped create.

Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press

Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will hold two presidential campaign events in Portland over Labor Day weekend.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg revved up a capacity crowd at the State Theatre in Portland Thursday, in the first of what's expected to be a series of visits from White House hopefuls to Maine.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

At a forum set up by the Trump campaign, several business owners endorsed the President’s economic policies as mostly helping them and the state to prosper.

Amr Alfiky / AP

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg will visit Maine Thursday when he attends a grassroots meeting in Portland.

Julie Pike / Maine Public

A Maine group that can shield the identities of its donors is ramping up efforts to erode support for Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins ahead of her anticipated reelection bid.

Alex Brandon / AP

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.”

NRSC via Twitter

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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