May 25, 2018
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John Martin, longest serving lawmaker, in danger of losing seat

By Robert Long, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Rep. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, who has served continuously in the Maine Legislature since 1964, trails Republican Allen Michael Nadeau by more than 300 votes with all but three towns reporting in House District 1.

Martin told the BDN by phone early Wednesday morning that he’s not sure he could make up the difference with vote totals from just three towns outstanding.

“If you throw enough mud around, some of it’s going to stick,” Martin said. “I’m really not surprised by all of this. I think money has now infiltrated legislative races to the point where money will be buying legislative seats in Aroostook County.

Ben Grant, chairman of the Maine Democratic Party, said Martin had called party leaders Tuesday night to say he was worried about the outcome of the election.

“This whole night has been full of anomalies, but this is one upset that was bound to happen after decades of Democratic rule in the Eagle Lake region,” David Sorensen, a Maine Republican Party spokesman, said. “ [A Republican] winning in John Martin’s district shows there’s a lot of discontent with Democrats that a lot of people didn’t see.”

Martin served as speaker of the Maine House of Representatives from 1975 to 1994.

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