10/4/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,
This week, Maine First Media is taking individual looks at some of the most competitive state Senate 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.
Republicans hold a single vote majority in the State Senate, and there are races that are too close to call.
Next week we’ll look at the most hotly contested State House Races. Currently, Democrats hold a 73-70 advantage over the GOP in the House.
Senate District 13: Dow vs. Fortman
Incumbent Republican Sen. Dana Dow has a difficult challenge in Democrat Laura Fortman.
Fortman is a former executive director of the Maine Women’s Lobby. And she’s “earned” the endorsement of former President Barack Obama.
Statewide, President Trump received 44.9% of the Maine vote, in the district, he received 44.8% of the Lincoln County vote.
Dow knocked off the former incumbent in 2016, and if he plays his cards right, he should be able to use the Obama endorsement against Fortman in this rural district and retain his seat.