PORTLAND, Maine — Democratic U.S. Senate primary candidate Cynthia Dill greeted voters at the polls outside the Msgr. P.J. Hanagan Parish Center on Ocean Avenue on Tuesday.
“It’s been a great day,” Dill said. “Election Day is my favorite day of the year.”
The race for the U.S. Senate is the main draw as Maine voters go to the polls to decide which Republican and Democratic candidates will appear on November’s ballot for U.S. Senate and House elections.
Six Republicans and four Democrats seeking to fill the seat being vacated by Sen. Olympia Snowe are running in the primary election Tuesday. The GOP also had contested primaries in each of the state’s two congressional districts.
The Senate race has generated the most interest with Snowe’s decision to not seek a fourth term and former Gov. Angus King’s decision to run as an independent.
The candidates in the Republican Senate primary were Rick Bennett, CEO of a corporate watchdog firm; small businessman Scott D’Amboise; state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin; Republican Sen. Debra Plowman; Attorney General William Schneider; and Secretary of State Charlie Summers.
Running in the Democratic primary are state Sen. Cynthia Dill; former Secretary of State Matt Dunlap; state Rep. Jon Hinck; and home builder Benjamin Pollard.
In the Republican House primaries, state Sen. Jon Courtney faced merchant mariner Patrick Calder in the 1st District, and Senate President Kevin Raye faced Navy veteran and building contractor Blaine Richardson in the 2nd District.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.