January 21, 2019
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Maine GOP election could be turning point

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
The State House in Augusta, as seen from Capital Park.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Republicans who suffered blistering losses in November are set to elect leaders.

The election of party officers on Saturday in Augusta comes as Republicans statewide are trying to figure out a path forward following the loss of the governor’s mansion and state Senate. Democrats also control the Maine House.

Former GOP Gov. Paul LePage has urged Maine Republicans to maintain the same leadership at the Maine GOP. Meanwhile, some Republicans have called for an overhaul.

Democrats boosted by out-of-state money won in November on strident promises of expanding access to health care amid rising medical costs and an opioid crisis.

GOP Vice Chair Ryan Lorrain, who’s said he’s not running for re-election, said Republican messages about financial stability under LePage failed to strike an emotional chord with voters.



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