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 30: Volk vs. Sanborn
Here we have “the last man (or woman) standing” in Senate GOP leadership — Sen. Amy Volk. Volk may not be a down-the-line conservative, but she’s more of a fighter than anyone else in Senate GOP leadership.
And now she’s facing a serious challenge.
Volk won easily 2016, but this November she faces Rep. Linda Sanborn of Gorham. Sandborn has a ton of name recognition following eight years in the swamp as a Representative.
Former President Barack Obama has endorsed Sanborn’s bid for the State Senate.
Only about 39% of the district voted for President Trump. Volk tells Maine First Media she’s met with some voters who say they won’t vote for the GOP because Trump is making America great again. But as she bikes from door-to-door meeting her constituents, most are very appreciative of the work she’s done at the Coliseum on the Kennebec.
Volk even had the clever idea of passing out referee signal guides with her campaign logo at the Bonny Eagle High School Homecoming Game.
This Southern Maine district is a truly purple district, making it a wildcard on election night.
Volk should be able to pull out the victory, but Sanborn may make this closer than anyone in the GOP would like to see.