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 55: Berry vs. Lebida
Now we’ve reached perhaps the most hotly contested contest in the House.
Extreme Leftist incumbent Democrat, Rep. Seth Berry is going one-on-one with liberty-minded Republican Guy Lebida.
The far-Left Berry has done a good job convincing the district he’s a moderate problem solver — he’s not. But his tactics have led to Berry’s stranglehold over the district for the past decade.
After being termed out of office, Berry relinquished the seat in 2014. Republican Brian Hobart won the seat with ease that year.
Fast forward to 2016, Berry was back and defeated the then-incumbent by a solid 8-points.
Berry has had a controversial 2017-2018 legislative session. And Lebida has outraised Berry and has a dedicated ground team working hard to get him elected.
Add to that; Berry isn’t representing the will of his constituents. In fact, President Donald Trump won the district with about %55.5 of the vote in 2016.
This is anyone’s race; a GOP pickup is a definite possibility here.