Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick.

Democrat Stan Gerzofsky beats back challengers in Senate District 24

By The Forecaster on Nov. 05, 2014, at 5:23 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Long-time state legislator Stan Gerzofsky won another term to the Maine Senate Tuesday in a three-way race to represent District 24 Gerzofsky, a Democrat, won 48 percent of the vote, beating back challenges from Republican Jennifer Johnson and Green Independent Fred Horch. According to unofficial results released …
Eric Samson, center, talks with his brother Mark Sampson, left, and Chris Fletcher at Gipper's Sports Grill in Auburn on Tuesday. Samson was elected Androscoggin County Sheriff.

Androscoggin County elects Eric Samson as sheriff

By Daniel Hartill on Nov. 05, 2014, at 5 a.m.
AUBURN | Eric Samson, a longtime Androscoggin County worker who served as a corrections officer and patrol deputy, will likely serve as sheriff. Late Tuesday, 96 percent of the county’s votes were counted. Only Durham numbers were unavailable. Samson, 43, of Auburn, won 44 percent of the vote in …
Sen. Rebecca Millett co-hosted the Community Schools Forum in September in Bangor.

Democrat Rebecca Millett re-elected in Senate District 29

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on Nov. 05, 2014, at 4:40 a.m.
CAPE ELIZABETH | First-term incumbent state Sen. Rebecca Millett has been re-elected in Senate District 29. Millett received 9,897 votes for the seat in the former District 7, which includes all of Cape Elizabeth and South Portland, and coastal Scarborough. Republican Bill De Sena received 6,524 votes and Green …
City Council candidate Ben Sprague receives a high-five from a voter Tuesday morning at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Sprague, Baldacci, Faircloth take Bangor council seats in 5-way race

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 05, 2014, at 1:44 a.m.
Voters returned two incumbents to the City Council and elected a former state lawmaker Tuesday in a five-way battle for three openings on the Bangor City Council. The top vote getter in this year’s council race was Ben Sprague, the current council chairman, who received 7,092 votes. …
Hampden Town Clerk Denise Hodsdon monitors the end of the line voters in her town Tuesday just before the polls closed at 8 p.m. Anyone in line by 8 p.m. was allowed to vote, but at least person who arrived late was turned away.

Hampden ousts incumbents targeted by mayor’s robocalls

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 05, 2014, at 1:37 a.m.
Both of the incumbent Hampden Town Council candidates who were targeted by negative campaign robocalls made by Mayor Carol Duprey lost their re-election bids in Tuesday’s local elections. Councilor Ivan McPike lost his campaign for three more years as the District I representative on the Hampden Town …
State Sen. Geoff Gratwick greets people as they arrive to vote at the Cross Insurance Center Tuesday afternoon.

Gratwick wins Bangor, leads in Maine Senate race, but Hermon numbers not released

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 05, 2014, at 1:36 a.m.
Maine Sen. Geoff Gratwick, D-Bangor, took 56 percent of the vote in his home city, beating out his Republican challenger and former Bangor City Council colleague Cary Weston, 5,427 votes to 4,354. Results from the other state Senate District 9 town, Hermon, were not provided to the …
Bruce Poliquin speaks to supporters at his election night celebration at Dysart's in Bangor Tuesday evening.

Poliquin wins 2nd District race, Cain concedes

By Nell Gluckman on Nov. 05, 2014, at 1:12 a.m.
BANGOR | Republican Bruce Poliquin is projected by the Bangor Daily News to have defeated Democrat Emily Cain in the race to represent Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. Independent Blaine Richardson was a distant third. Cain called Poliquin to concede early Wednesday, according to Matt Hutson, Poliquin’s campaign manager. On …

Emily Cain addresses her supporters

By Ashley Conti on Nov. 05, 2014, at 12:58 a.m.
Democratic state Sen. Emily Cain thanks her supporters while waiting for the results of 2nd Congressional District Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor.
Gov. Paul LePage celebrates at the Franco Center in Lewiston early Wednesday morning.

Gov. Paul LePage wins a second term; Michaud concedes

By Mario Moretto on Nov. 05, 2014, at 12:04 a.m.
LEWISTON | Paul LePage, the outspoken former businessman who rode a Republican wave into the governor’s mansion and late-night talk show jokes in 2010, has won re-election in Maine. Despite Democrats’ best efforts to turn the gubernatorial race into a referendum on the controversial governor, LePage’s message of lower …

Bruce Poliquin election night headquarters

By Gabor Degre on Nov. 04, 2014, at 11:42 p.m.
Bruce Poliquin election night headquarters.
Executive Director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine David Trahan, left, Pam Trahan, and Michelle MacLean, right, consultant of the Save Maine's Bearhunt campaign, react to returns in the  Vote No on 1 campaign headquarters in Orono, Maine, Tuesday. Nov. 4, 2014.

Maine voters reject ban on bear hunting practices for second time

By Aislinn Sarnacki and Ben McCanna on Nov. 04, 2014, at 11:34 p.m.
Maine voters have rejected a ban on bear baiting, trapping and hounding for the second time in 10 years. With almost half of precincts reporting by deadline, “no” votes on Question 1 had secured an insurmountable lead of almost 20,000 votes. The outcome was apparent for most of election night, …

Republicans close in on control of Senate in US midterm elections

By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton, Reuters on Nov. 04, 2014, at 10:52 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Republicans scored big victories on Tuesday and edged closer to taking control of the U.S. Senate in midterms elections that could tip the balance of power away from President Barack Obama for his remaining two years in office. Voters unhappy with Obama, worried about the economy and weary …
Matt Foster, the Republican candidate running to represent Washington and Hancock counties as district attorney.

Republican holds slight leads in Hancock, Washington counties district attorney race

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 04, 2014, at 10:35 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Republican Matt Foster held an edge of a few hundred votes over Democrat Bill Entwisle around 10 p.m. Tuesday in the contest to become the next District Attorney for Hancock and Washington counties. Foster, a private practice attorney, had 5,116 votes while the veteran prosecutor had 4,896 …
Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith talks to BDN reporter Mario Moretto and photogrpaher Kevin Bennett during a video interview on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Smith is running for re-election.

Challenger holds narrow lead over Donnie Smith in Washington County sheriff’s race

By Bill Trotter on Nov. 04, 2014, at 9:51 p.m.
MACHIAS | Shortly before midnight Tuesday, Republican challenger Barry Curtis held a lead of more than 300 votes over incumbent Donnie Smith in the race for Washington County sheriff. Curtis, a Cherryfield resident and former state trooper, had 2,051 votes while Smith had 1,722. Thirteen of the 49 precincts …
Republican Troy Morton appeared headed to victory in the Penobscot County sheriff’'s race over independent Allen Stehle on Tuesday night.

Morton defeats Stehle in Penobscot County sheriff’s race

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 04, 2014, at 9:07 p.m.
BANGOR | Republican Troy Morton rolled to victory in the Penobscot County Sheriff’s race Tuesday night over independent Allen Stehle. The race did not include a Democratic candidate. Both men spent the day shaking the hands of constituents and went to their respective after-parties when the polls closed Tuesday. …

Maine voters pass six bonds, approve borrowing $50 million

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 04, 2014, at 8:57 p.m.
BANGOR | Based on unofficial results, voters approved $50 million in state borrowing included in six bond questions that appeared on Tuesday’s ballot. With 85 percent of the state’s precincts reporting, the Bangor Daily News projects voters approved all six bond questions on the state ballot. The bonds come …
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree smiles from the stage in Portland after declaring victory Tuesday night.

Pingree turns back challenges from political newcomers to gain re-election

By Seth Koenig on Nov. 04, 2014, at 8:29 p.m.
PORTLAND | Maine’s 1st District U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, a North Haven Democrat, easily defeated two lesser known challengers Tuesday to win a fourth term. Pingree defeated political newcomers Isaac Misiuk, a Republican from Gorham, and Libertarian-leaning independent Richard Murphy from Sanford. Within minutes after the polls closed, the …

Early results show Mainers rejecting bear baiting ban

By Aislinn Sarnacki and Ben McCanna on Nov. 04, 2014, at 8:29 p.m.
The fate of Maine’s bear hunt was again in the hands of Maine voters on Election Day, who went to the polls to decide Question 1: “Do you want to ban the use of bait, dogs or traps in bear hunting except to protect property, public safety, or for research?” …
Sen. Geoff Gratwick debates with Cary Weston for the Bangor senate seat at Beal College in Bangor in this October 2014 file photo.

Gratwick, Weston head to separate Bangor gatherings to await election results

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 04, 2014, at 8:16 p.m.
Two former Bangor City Council colleagues facing off in a race to represent Bangor and Hermon in the state Senate have gone to separate parties after spending Tuesday shaking hands and greeting voters outside the polls. As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, neither Bangor nor Hermon had reported …
Bruce Poliquin is greated by supporters at his election night celebration at Dysart's on Broadway in Bangor Tuesday evening.

Poliquin holds lead over Cain in 2nd District race

By Nell Gluckman on Nov. 04, 2014, at 8:02 p.m.
BANGOR | Republican Bruce Poliquin held a narrow lead over Democrat Emily Cain in the race to represent Maine’s 2nd Congressional District late Tuesday night. Independent Blaine Richardson was a distant third. All three candidates held their election parties in Bangor. Poliquin gathered with supporters at Dysart’s on Broadway. …
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