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Potential Self-Funder Enters Race Against Maine’s Poliquin
Lucas St. Clair fought for controversial national monument in North Woods

Six Democrats are running to take on Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin in 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic field for Maine’s 2nd District got more crowded Monday with the entrance of a potential self-funder.

Lucas St. Clair announced his candidacy Monday morning with supporters at the Appalachian Trail Cafe in Millinocket and formally kicked off the campaign at the Bangor Public Library later in the day.

Democrats Score Marine Veteran to Challenge Poliquin
Jared Golden is a lifelong Mainer

Democrat Jared Golden is taking on two-term GOP Rep. Bruce Poliquin in Maine’s 2nd District. (Courtesy Jared Golden campaign.)

Democrats have landed a top recruit in a rural Maine district where candidate profiles matter — even more so than most places.

State House Assistant Majority Leader Jared Golden, a Marine veteran, announced his candidacy for the 2nd District in Lewiston’s Kennedy Park Thursday morning.

Democrats Score Marine Veteran to Challenge Poliquin
Jared Golden is a lifelong Mainer

Democrat Jared Golden is taking on two-term GOP Rep. Bruce Poliquin in Maine’s 2nd District. (Courtesy Jared Golden campaign.)

Democrats have landed a top recruit in a rural Maine district where candidate profiles matter — even more so than most places.

State House Assistant Majority Leader Jared Golden, a Marine veteran, announced his candidacy for the 2nd District in Lewiston’s Kennedy Park Thursday morning.

EMILY's List Names Maine’s Emily Cain Executive Director
Former state legislator ran against GOP Rep. Bruce Poliquin in 2014 and 2016

EMILY’s List has named two-time Maine congressional candidate Emily Cain its new executive director. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

EMILY’s List named two-time Democratic congressional candidate Emily Cain as its executive director Wednesday.

Cain ran against Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin in Maine’s 2nd District in 2014 and 2016, with the endorsement of the group, which backs female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights. She replaces Jess O’Connell, who is now the CEO of the Democratic National Committee. 

24 House Republicans Face Attacks Over Health Care Vote
Liberal advocacy group targets Republicans in TV and digital ads

The liberal advocacy group Save My Care is attacking Arizona Rep. Martha McSally for her vote for the GOP health care plan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Twenty-four GOP members of Congress home on recess this week will be greeted by a new six-figure ad campaign attacking them for their vote in the House last week for the Republican health care plan. 

The liberal health care advocacy group Save My Care is launching a TV and digital advertising campaign worth more than half a million dollars on Monday that will run this week. 

Republican Bruce Poliquin Re-Elected in Maine’s 2nd District
Contest was a rematch against Democrat Emily Cain

Rep. Bruce Poliquin has been called the winner in Maine’s 2nd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File photo)

GOP Rep. Bruce Poliquin will defeat Emily Cain in Maine’s 2nd District, The Associated Press projects.

Poliquin led Cain 55.2% percent to 44.8 percent with 77 percent of precincts reporting.

How Many House Seats Will Democrats Pick Up? Watch These Districts
Certain district types may provide early clues

Democrats need to knock off Republicans who sit in seats President Barack Obama won, like Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, center, and Frank Guinta, R-N.H., right. Defeating Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., would suggest more of a wave. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Not all districts are created equal. They all count the same when adding for a majority, but victories in one type of district may portend a much better night for Democrats than in others. With just four days to go until Election Day, Democrats almost surely won’t gain the 30 seats needed for a House majority on Tuesday. But they will make some gains. Here’s where to watch for early clues as to just how big or small Democratic gains will be.

To achieve double-digit gains, Democrats must win the known battlegrounds. These are the districts that always were going to be competitive, and where presidential year turnout usually gives Democrats an advantage. At the very least, Democrats need to win the districts that President Barack Obama carried — places like Illinois’ 10th District, Nevada’s 4th and 3rd Districts, Maine’s 2nd District, Florida’s 26th District, (which is now even more Democratic), Iowa’s 1st District and New York’s 19th District. If they’re not able to win these seats, Democratic gains in the House will likely be very minimal.  

Democratic Gains in House Depend on Clinton's Success
Candidates in white, working-class districts must overperform even the presidential nominee

Maine Democrat Emily Cain, seen here bowing her head in prayer at the Franco American Heritage Center’s monthly La Rencontre last month, is running in a district where Trump is beating Clinton. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. 

Even before Donald Trump became the GOP presidential nominee, House Democrats heralded Hillary Clinton’s candidacy as the key to winning battleground races in all manner of swing districts.

Cain and Poliquin Remain Tied in Democratic Poll of Maine's 2nd District
Both congressional candidates are outperforming the top of the ticket

Democrat Emily Cain faces Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin in a rematch in Maine's 2nd Congressional District. (Tom Williams/Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photos)

Who's the Real Maine Candidate in State's 2nd District?
Poliquin and Cain try to portray each other as out-of-touch with voters

Emily Cain talks with guests at the Franco American Heritage Center during the monthly La Rencontre (the gathering) in Lewiston earlier this month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

On paper, neither of Maine's 2nd District candidates fits the district.

They didn't in 2014 either. But in this rematch, when both candidates now have legislative records, Democrats and Republicans are making an effort to point out how just how out-of-touch their opponents are.