*Maine Midterms* House District 74: Riley vs. Staples

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.

Last week we examined some of the most hotly contested State Senate Races.

House District 74: Riley vs. Staples

Jay/Livermore Falls

Maine’s 74th House district was home to one of the closest elections in 2016.

Incumbent Democrat Rep. Tina Riley beat her Republican opponent by only 57 votes. And President Donald Trump actually won the district.

Riley will now take on Republican Bob Staples for the rights to this Franklin County seat.

Jay was hit hard by the closing of paper mills. This is a community that could use a return of manufacturing. If Staples plays his cards right, we could see this seat flip on election night.