10/11/18, Maine First Meida 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 86: Fecteau vs. Day
From unopposed in 2016 to hotly contested in 2018.
Last cycle, incumbent RINO Rep. Matt Pouliot didn’t even have a challenger. But Pouliot is now running for the State Senate.
The home district of the Swamp, there are lots of state union workers, helping the cause of Democrat Jennifer Day.
But Republican Justin Fecteau is running a strong campaign. We hear he’s built a strong ground game.
In 2012, Pouliot defeated the then-incumbent Democrat — during a strong year for donkeys. In 2014, he won in a landslide. But Pouliot ran away from being a Republican, so it remains to be seen if he has any coattails for Fecteau.
The Democrats also had a strong advantage in primary votes. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump scored about 46% of the vote in the district, about one-point better than his statewide average.
This district is up-for-grabs.