LISBON FALLS – Dale Crafts is the front-runner in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race.
“Let’s take control of the house, and let’s take back Maine,” Crafts said.
His opponents, Eric Brakey and Adrienne Bennett, both conceded the race and are now supporting Crafts.
“I came to know Dale Crafts as a person and to know that he is a genuinely good person,” Brakey said. “We may have our disagreements on certain issues, but there is certainly far more that we agree on than we disagree.”
“We are backing Dale Crafts as our nominee,” Bennett said. “He shares the Maine values that I have seen on this campaign trail covering thousands of miles talking to thousands of Mainers.”
Crafts is looking for Brakey and Bennett’s supporters to also back him.
“I hope that both their supporters all come together for one cause,” Crafts said. “That one cause is to continue to support our president and come together, giving back the control of the house and continue to make America great again.”
Although the other candidates are in support of Crafts, Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said they still need to move forward with the ranked-choice voting process.
“Our instincts were to say well, yeah, because there’s no provision in ranked-choice voting to not do the tabulation just because a candidate concedes,” Dunlap said. “We talked it over with the attorney general’s office. They’ve affirmed our instincts on that.”
Dunlap said typically, whoever is in the lead after the first round tends to win in the end.
“Here, we have a three way race where the gaps are rather wide, so it would take something quite significant to probably change the outcome of this election,” Dunlap said.
If Crafts stays in the lead, he will face Jared Golden in November.
“I’m gonna run on my record, run on who I am, my life story, my legislative story, experience and my business experience,” Crafts said. “We’ll compare ourselves, and may the best man win.”