Midterms Live results

By Tara Golshan and Ryan Mark

Maine results for every midterm race

Maine’s elections today — like many in the country — will be about President Donald Trump. But in Maine, 2018 brings the chance to replace the state’s own mini-Trump: Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

After eight years, LePage, who has defined his tenure with a conservative policy agenda and racist comments, calling “people of color or people of Hispanic origin” the “enemy,” is out. His legacy, however, looms large in the state’s race.

The Democrat in the governor’s race is Janet Mills, Maine’s attorney general since 2013. She is promising a new direction for the state after LePage and Trump. The Republican, business executive Shawn Moody, is trying to run as a business-friendly conservative — a departure from LePage. Two independent candidates, Alan Caron and Teresea Hayes, are also on the ballot. Aaron Chadbourne is running as a write-in candidate.

Among the biggest issue for Maine voters in the governor’s race will be LePage’s opposition Medicaid expansion, which has stopped nearly 70,000 low-income Mainers from getting access to Medicaid. Mills has promised to carry through with that expansion, which earned an overwhelming majority in a ballot initiative in 2016.

Independent candidates used to get a sizable enough portion of the vote, which caused some strange outcomes — like the election and reelection of LePage — so Mainers threw out their voting system and moved to ranked-choice voting this year.

Democrats are also trying to unseat two-term Republican incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin, on the basis of health care. Poliquin was one of the swing votes on the House Obamacare repeal bill, and Democrat Jared Golden, a former state rep, is using Poliquin’s vote in favor of the plan against him.

Maine has split control at the statehouse level — Democrats control the House of Representatives and Republicans control the Senate — but the entire state legislature is on the ballot today. Daily Kos rates them both as likely to go for Democratic control, potentially giving Democrats a rare trifecta over government control.

Maine US Senate

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
IND Angus King 326,681 55%
GOP Eric Brakey 209,401 35%
DEM Zackary Ringelstein 62,491 10%
543 of 584 (93%) precincts reporting, 598,573 total votes

Maine US House 1

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
DEM Chellie M Pingree 187,380 59%
GOP Mark Holbrook 101,587 32%
IND Martin Grohman 27,481 9%
167 of 175 (95%) precincts reporting, 316,448 total votes

Maine US House 2

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
DEM Jared Golden 139,224 51%
GOP Bruce L Poliquin 136,286 49%
IND Tiffany Bond 0%
IND Will Hoar 0%
400 of 405 (99%) precincts reporting, 275,510 total votes

Maine Governor

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
DEM Janet Mills 305,360 51%
GOP Shawn Moody 257,159 43%
IND Teresea Hayes 35,607 6%
543 of 584 (93%) precincts reporting, 598,126 total votes

Maine State Referendum ME Question 1

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
No 374,325 63%
Affirmative 222,523 37%