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 44: Pierce vs. Sandlin
This Falmouth district is interesting. In 2014, Democrat incumbent Rep. Teresa Pierce only escaped with the victory by about 3-points.
However, in 2016, Pierce extended her margin of victory to 15-points.
Enter Republican challenger, Sarah Sandlin — a young, energetic, conservative female with a passion for Maine.
Word in the district is that Sandlin is working hard to introduce herself to voters. However, she’s up against voter registration and name recognition disadvantages.
President Donald Trump only scored 35% of the vote in the district.
Sandlin is focusing most of her messaging on ways to keep Maine’s younger population in the state. We’re hearing residents have been receptive to the message. However, the question will be if the message is able to win over enough Democrat voters.
While Pierce is the frontrunner to retain the seat, Sandlin could be laying the groundwork for a successful second bid in 2020.