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Maine

SUPER STATE STRATEGY

Our primary objectives in Maine are to: 1) flip the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Susan Collins and 2) win the state’s four Electoral College votes.

The pathway to taking back the Senate necessarily runs through Maine. To flip this seat, Democrats need to improve on margins from Collins's last Senate election in 2014, particularly in the coastal regions of Portland, Augusta, and Bangor. Democratic presidential candidates have typically carried these regions of the state, but Senate candidates have failed to break through in the last four cycles against Collins. This year, with Collins’s flagging approval numbers after her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Maine Democrats have their best opportunity in years to win at every level of the ballot.

By the numbers:

1

United States Senate seat to flip

4

Electoral College votes

What's at stake

Environment

Maine needs funding to raise coastal roads affected by sea-level rise and build climate change-ready stormwater management systems. Winning the White House and flipping the Senate is essential to protecting Maine from the consequences of a warming climate.

Opioid Epidemic

Maine was in the top ten states for opioid overdose deaths in 2017. That year, 418 people died of overdoses, and 7% of babies born in Maine were affected by drug use.

The state’s rate of overdose deaths is 12.7% higher than the national average.

Electing Democrats like Governor Janet Mills is making a difference in the fight against opioid addiction in Maine. In her first year, Gov. Mills put $1.6 million into getting 35,000 doses of the overdose antidote naloxone and training for 250 recovery coaches.

Economy

Maine is experiencing an extreme labor shortage. Baby Boomers are retiring out of the workforce and there aren’t enough young people to fill their roles. Maine is expecting to net just 94 jobs state-wide between 2016 and 2026.

In this same period, 22% of workers between 45 and 54 years old are expected to leave Maine’s labor pool.


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