BANGOR – Maine voters were faced with deciding two contested races, one for the U.S. Senate and one for Maine’s Second Congressional District.
There was a stark contrast between the two as results began to roll in.
The polls closed Tuesday night at 8 p.m. and within two hours, the race to determine who would challenge Senator Susan Collins for a U.S Senate seat was called.
According to results from the Associated Press, Democrat Sara Gideon won with a majority of the votes.
Gideon took to social media to congratulate her opponents and turn her attention to Senator Collins.
“At a time where towns and cities, small businesses and workers need more relief from the federal government, we remember her vote for a nearly two trillion dollar tax break that went largely to the wealthiest Americans and big corporations,” Gideon said.
While the results of the Senate Primary were known fairly quickly, the same couldn’t be said for the Republican Primary for the 2nd Congressional District.
It was a tight race, which was something candidates mentioned while visiting polling locations.
“It’s very important for people to come out and vote and this race in particular could come down to a matter of a handful of votes, so it’s really important,” 2nd Congressional District Candidate Adrienne Bennett said outside the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor before the polls closed.
Results showed Dale Crafts in lead, followed by Bennett.
Eric Brakey, who was in third place, conceded the race around 10:30 Tuesday night, after his team said returns didn’t show a path to victory.
“And looking at the polling numbers coming in, I’ll tell you what, it doesn’t look like we’re going to triumph this evening. This campaign was never really about a campaign for Congress. Of course, that was the ultimate goal, to win a seat in Congress. But it’s so we can have a platform to fight for our freedom and liberties,” Brakey said.
Brakey said he would support Dale Crafts, if Crafts agreed to bring home troops.
Ranked choice voting was also at play in these two elections.