United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2010

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2010 election results by district

The 2010 House elections in Maine occurred on November 2, 2010, and elected the members of the State of Maine's delegation to the United States House of Representatives. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; the elected served in the 112th Congress from January 3, 2011 until January 3, 2013. Maine has two seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2000 United States Census. These elections were held concurrently with the United States Senate elections of 2010, the United States House elections in other states, and the 2010 Maine gubernatorial election.

Overview

United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 20101
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Democratic 316,156 56.02% 2
Republican 248,170 43.97% 0
Independents 42 0.01% 0
Totals 564,368 100.00% 2

District 1

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Campaign

Incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree ran for re-election to a second term from this liberal2 district based around metro Portland and the southern coastal region of Maine. Pingree was initially thought to be a shoo-in for re-election against Republican businessman Dean Scontras, but Scontras benefited from some negative publicity over her use of a private jet, despite ironically criticisizing politicians for using them two years earlier.3 Polling indicated that the race would be tight, but in the end, Pingree was re-elected by a solid margin of victory. Interestingly, she was one of eight Democrats in the House of Representatives to win election in 2010 by a larger margin than in 2008.4

Polling

Poll Source Dates Administered Chellie Pingree (D) Dean Scontras (R)
Critical Insights October 27–28, 2010 41% 45%
Critical Insights October 13–17, 2010 45% 40%
Pan Atlantic SMS Group October 11–15, 2010 49% 32.6%
Critical Insights October 10–11, 2010 48% 33%
MECPO October 4–7, 2010 46% 38%
Critical Insights September 27, 2010 54% 26%
Critical Insights September 13, 2010 53% 29%
Public Policy Polling September 2–6, 2010 47% 38%

Results

Maine's 1st congressional district election, 20101
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chellie Pingree (inc.) 169,114 56.82%
Republican Dean Scontras 128,501 43.17%
Write-ins 42 0.01%
Totals 297,657 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 2

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Campaign

Incumbent Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud, who was first elected in 2002, considered running for Governor this year,5 but ultimately decided to run for a fifth term in Congress. Running for re-election in this liberal-leaning district,2 which constitutes nearly 80% of the state of Maine, Congressman Michaud faced Republican businessman Jason Levesque. The candidates squared off in a debate on October 19 that saw many personal attacks and sharp disagreement over matters of policy.6 In particular, Levesque made an issue over the fact that Michaud received $12,000 in campaign contributions from embattled Congressman Charlie Rangel and had not returned the money.7 Polls indicated a slight advantage for Michaud in a contentious race, and on election day, Michaud won re-election by a healthy ten-point margin of victory.

Polling

Poll Source Dates Administered Mike Michaud (D) Jason Levesque (R)
Critical Insights October 27–28, 2010 44% 40%
Critical Insights October 13–17, 2010 49% 30%
Pan Atlantic SMS Group October 11–15, 2010 48.8% 29.3%
Critical Insights October 10–11, 2010 43% 30%
Critical Insights September 27, 2010 44% 32%
Critical Insights September 13, 2010 48% 28%
Public Policy Polling September 2–6, 2010 45% 38%

Results

Maine's 2nd congressional district election, 20101
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Michaud (inc.) 147,042 55.13%
Republican Jason Levesque 119,669 44.87%
Totals 266,711 100.00%
Democratic hold

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