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Midterm results: Democrat Jared Golden beats Bruce Poliquin in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District

Bruce Poliquin, Jared Golden
FILE – This combination of file photos shows Republican former Rep. Bruce Poliquin in 2017, left, and Democratic Rep. Jared Golden in 2018, right, in Maine. The congressional candidates in the hotly contested Maine race sparred on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, about a contribution from the leader of a conservation group that has discouraged consumers from buying lobster. (WHD Photos/Robert F. Bukaty, File) Robert F. Bukaty/WHD

Midterm results: Democrat Jared Golden beats Bruce Poliquin in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District

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November 16, 06:23 PM November 16, 06:24 PM

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Democratic Rep. Jared Golden prevailed in his rematch against Bruce Poliquin (R) to represent Maine’s 2nd Congressional District.

Golden, a Marine combat veteran, defeated Poliquin in 2018, shortly after the state enacted ranked choice voting. Poliquin, who held the seat from 2015 through 2018, previously served as the treasurer of Maine.

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Golden campaigned as a centrist, touting the times he has bucked party lines, having been the sole Democrat to vote against the Build Back Better Act and having voted against an assault weapons bill largely backed by members of his party. Poliquin looked to hit Golden on rising inflation and gas prices in the race and alleged that his opponent aligns with progressive policies the majority of the time.

 

The district encompasses roughly 80% of the Pine Tree State, including Augusta, its capital.

The House race has become one of the most expensive in the country, with outside groups spending roughly $21.3 million to boost their preferred candidate.

Independent candidate Tiffany Bond also ran for the seat.

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