Maine's 2nd congressional district

Maine's 2nd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Maine. Covering 27,326 square miles (70,770 km2), it comprises nearly 80% of the state's total land area. It is the largest district east of the Mississippi River and the 24th-largest overall. It is the second-most rural district in the United States, with 72.11% of its population in rural areas, behind only Kentucky's 5th congressional district.

The district comprises most of the land area north of the Portland and Augusta metropolitan areas. It includes the cities of Bangor, Lewiston, Auburn and Presque Isle. It included the city of Waterville until 2011, when Maine's Congressional redistricting process following the 2010 US Census led to a shift of district boundaries within Kennebec County.

The district is currently represented by Republican Bruce Poliquin.

Election results from presidential races

Whoever wins a presidential race in Maine's second congressional district gets one electoral vote. Maine's second congressional district has voted the same way as the entire state of Maine for every election except 2016.

Year Results
1992 Clinton 38 – 33% (vs. Ind. Perot)
1996 Clinton 51 – 30%
2000 Gore 47 – 46%
2004 Kerry 52 – 46%
2008 Obama 55 – 43%
2012 Obama 52 – 44%
2016 Trump 51 – 41%

History

See District of Maine

When Maine became a state in 1820, it had seven congressional districts credited to it. Prior to that it was part of Massachusetts, which had 20 districts after the 1810 U.S. Census. Since Maine became a state, all but two districts have been reallocated.

Composition

The boundaries of the District are open for reconsideration in light of population shifts revealed by the decennial US Census. Until 2011, Maine's constitution provided for the state to reapportion the Congressional districts based on census data every ten years beginning in 1983, which would have meant that the state was next due to consider redistricting in 2013. However, a federal lawsuit filed in March 2011 led to a requirement that Maine speed up its redistricting process. Maine state legislators approved new boundaries on September 27, 2011.

2003 – 2013

2013 – 2023

List of Representatives

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Recent election results

United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1978: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Olympia Snowe 87,939 50.82
Democratic Markham L. Gartley 70,691 40.85
Independent Frederick W. Whittaker 8,035 4.64
Independent Eddie Shurtleff 1,923 1.11
Independent Robert H. Burmeister 1,653 0.96
Independent Margaret E. Cousins 1,573 0.91
Independent Robert L. Cousins 1,223 0.71
Majority 17,248 9.97
Turnout 173,037
Republican hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1980: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Olympia Snowe (Incumbent) 186,406 78.51
Democratic Harold L. Silverman 51,026 21.49
Majority 135,380 57.02
Turnout 237,612
Republican hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1982: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Olympia Snowe (Incumbent) 136,075 66.65
Democratic James P. Dunleavy 68,086 33.35
Majority 67,989 33.30
Turnout 204,161
Republican hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1984: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Olympia Snowe (Incumbent) 192,166 75.73
Democratic Chipman C. Bull 57,347 22.60
Constitution Kenneth E. Stoddard 4,242 1.67
Majority 134,819 53.13
Turnout 253,755
Republican hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1986: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Olympia Snowe (Incumbent) 148,770 77.33
Democratic Kenneth P. Hayes 43,614 22.67
Majority 105,156 54.66
Turnout 192,384
Republican hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1988: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Olympia Snowe (Incumbent) 167,226 66.21
Democratic Kenneth P. Hayes 85,346 33.79
Majority 81,880 32.42
Turnout 252,572
Republican hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1990: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Olympia Snowe (Incumbent) 121,704 51.02
Democratic Patrick K. McGowan 116,798 48.97
write-ins 20 0.01
Majority 4,906 2.06
Turnout 238,522
Republican hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1992: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Olympia Snowe (Incumbent) 153,022 49.13
Democratic Patrick K. McGowan 130,824 42.01
Green Jonathan Carter 27,526 8.84
write-ins 61 0.02
Majority 22,198 7.13
Turnout 311,433
Republican hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1994: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Baldacci 109,615 45.69
Republican Richard A. Bennett 97,754 40.75
Independent John M. Michael 21,117 8.80
Green Charles Fitzgerald 11,353 4.73
write-ins 55 0.02
Majority 11,861 4.94
Turnout 239,894
Democratic gain from Republican
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1996: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Baldacci (Incumbent) 205,439 71.92
Republican Paul R. Young 70,856 24.81
Independent Aldric Saucier 9,294 3.25
write-ins 47 0.02
Majority 134,583 47.12
Turnout 285,636
Democratic hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 1998: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Baldacci (Incumbent) 146,202 76.20
Republican Jonathan Reisman 45,674 23.80
Majority 100,528 52.39
Turnout 191,876
Democratic hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2000: Maine's 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Baldacci (Incumbent) 219,783 73.43
Republican Richard H. Campbell 79,522 26.57
Majority 140,261 46.86
Turnout 299,305
Democratic hold Swing
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2004: 2nd congressional district: RUNOFF
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Michaud 116,868 52.01
Republican Kevin Raye 107,849 47.99
Total votes 224,717 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2004: 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Michaud (incumbent) 199,303 58.03
Republican Brian Hamel 135,547 39.47
Socialist Equality Carl Cooley 8,586 2.50
Total votes 343,436 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2006: 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Michaud (incumbent) 179,732 70.52
Republican L. Scott D'Amboise 75,146 29.48
Total votes 254,878 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2008: 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Michaud (incumbent) 226,274 67.44
Republican John Frary 109,268 32.57
Total votes 335,542 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2010: 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Michaud (incumbent) 147,042 55.13
Republican Jason J. Levesque 119,669 44.87
Total votes 266,711 100.00
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2012: 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Michaud (incumbent) 191,456 58.2
Republican Kevin Raye 137,542 41.8
Total votes 328,998 100.0
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2014: 2nd congressional district
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bruce Poliquin 133,320 47.03
Democratic Emily Ann Cain 118,568 41.83
Independent Blaine Richardson 31,337 11.05
Others 248 0.09
Total votes 283,473 100
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic
United States House of Representatives elections in Maine, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bruce Poliquin 192,878 54.77
Democratic Emily Cain 159,081 45.17
Libertarian Jay Parker Dresser (Declared Write-In) 224 0.06
Blank ballots 12,703 N/A
Total votes 406,942 100
Republican hold

Historical district boundaries

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2005 – 2013

See also

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