With the primary over, let’s take a step back. The results of the U.S. Senate and House races were not too surprising when considering earlier polling data. Voter turnout was low, as predicted. Now the attention turns to November.
Turnout within the parties tells of a lack of enthusiasm — whether for the candidates themselves or the relevance of the offices they’re seeking. The candidates in each race will have to work especially hard in the coming months to energize the largest bloc that didn’t vote on Tuesday: independents.
Here are our thoughts — Twitter style — on how the races are shaping up at the beginning of the general election.
U.S. Senate race
Democrat Cynthia Dill: @dillesquire wins w/45%, sweeps south. Only 17% Democratic turnout. Needs to raise $, get out name & reach moderates. Has biggest climb.
Republican Charlie Summers: @MaineSecOfState wins w/30%, support across state. GOP more energized w/27% turnout. Socially moderate enough to replace Snowe?
Independent Angus King: @AngusKing2012 shadow over primary, comes out swinging w/PAC challenge. No decision on caucus will get old. Must talk issues.
1st District U.S. House race
Republican Jon Courtney: @SenJonCourtney suprises w/close race against newcomer Patrick Calder. Has $17,000 to Pingree’s $210,000. GOP win in the south? Not likely.
Democrat Chellie Pingree: @chelliepingree wouldn’t give up run for U.S. Senate to lose House. Formidable. Has $, name, experience.
2nd District U.S. House race
Republican Kevin Raye: @SenKevinRaye rematch to be close. Has small business owner advantage, political know-how, pro-choice. But why endorse Otten in ’10?
Democrat Mike Michaud: @RepMikeMichaud tough to beat. Better funded, has support of unions. Veterans-focused. How does he stay relevant in GOP House?