BANGOR, Maine — Three-term Democratic state Sen. Joseph Perry was ousted Tuesday by Republican challenger Nichi Farnham in the District 32 race as the GOP appeared primed to seize control of the Senate.
As of 1:50 a.m. Wednesday, Republicans led in 19 Senate contests, Democrats led in 14, and an independent was ahead in one. One Republican senator ran unopposed.
In Bangor, Farnham edged Perry 5,701 votes to 4,964. In Hermon, which also is part of District 32, the GOP candidate trounced the incumbent 1,642 to 693.
Farnham currently sits on the Bangor School Committee but has previously served on the City Council, including one year as chairwoman.
Perry served four terms in the House before winning the Senate seat in Penobscot County in 2004.
Prior to Tuesday’s election, Democrats held a 20-15 edge in the Senate.