Former state treasurer Bruce Poliquin will represent the GOP on the ballot in November. He’s projected to beat his opponent, former Maine Senate President Kevin Raye, by about 10% of the vote.
Poliquin supporters filled Dysart’s new location on Broadway Street in Bangor. They were confident their candidate, known for reducing debt, would win.
In the end, Poliquin reminded voters he’s not a career politician and will rise above partisan gridlock if elected to Washington, saying, “They want somebody who will go down to Washington, fight for their interests and not become part of the mess and I will do that.”
In 2002 and 2012 Raye won the primary election, only to fall short in the November general election.
His supporters gathered on Union Street in Bangor Tuesday night hoping for another primary win, but Raye accepted the defeat and thanks all those who backed him, saying, “I want to that my supporters, my family, my friends, volunteers, interns, people who have been working on the grass roots level out across the district, I just can’t thank them enough.
Poliquin also thanked Raye for a hard fought campaign.