10/11/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,
This week, Maine First Media is taking individual looks at some of the most competitive State House races in the Pine Tree State.
While focusing on the gubernatorial race and federal contests — it is important not to overlook these legislative battles.
Control of the Coliseum on the Kennebec is up for grabs November 6th.
Currently, Democrats hold a 73-70 advantage over the GOP in the House.
Meanwhile, Republicans hold a single vote majority in the State Senate, and there are races that are too close to call.
House District 19: Harrington vs. Mele
It’s been a topsy-turvy ride for incumbent Republican Rep. Matthew Harrington.
The police officer ran for the seat in 2014 but lost to then-incumbent Democrat William Noon by about 4-points. The following year, Harrington won a special election for the vacated seat, by just 13-votes! Last cycle, Harrington had his best showing, winning re-election by about 2.5-points.
That is a definite trend in the right direction for Harrington. From a clear loss just four years ago to a dead-heat win in a special, to a close victory in 2016.
However, Harrington’s opponent, Democrat Jeremy Mele received more primary votes than Harrington.
Both the elephant and the donkey in this race ran unopposed in their respective primaries. Mele’s edge could signal a voter enthusiasm advantage for Democrats in the district.
On the other hand, President Donald Trump won the district with about 51.5% of the vote in 2016.
Harrington seems like the frontrunner to retain at this point, but it could be interesting to see what news comes out of this district between now and election day.