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 7: Malaby vs. Luchini
Coastal Hancock County
Arguably one of the biggest RINOs in Maine politics, Sen. Brian Langley is termed out of office — leading to a battle of two current House members.
Democrats have put up Louis Luchini to counter Republican Richard Malaby.
It should make for an interesting and competitive matchup, as both Luchini and Malaby are popular in their respective House districts.
Luchini is endorsed by former President Barack Obama.
Langley won in 2016 by about 12-points, which equates to less than 3,000 votes. Langley increased his margin of victory in each election cycle since 2012, showing what could be a positive trend in the district for Republicans. Or it could be was just popular in the district.
With tourism and fishing as the leading industries in the district, there are many self-employed voters — that SHOULD give Malaby a slight advantage. However, as we’ve recently learned in Views From the MAGA Boat, too many fishermen are not motivated to vote. So Malaby would have to actively reach out to connect with those “new” voters.
Another bad sign for the GOP in this district, President Trump only pulled in about 39.3% of the vote in 2016 — compared to his 44.9% statewide.