One takeaway from the spectacular defeat of the June 14 special election, which was carefully watched to fill the vacant state Senate seats in the major Swing districts, is that social issues are important.
The response to the landslide victory of Nicole Grohoski, a progressive Democrat from Ellsworth, continues to shake the Republican story of the “Red Wave” coming in the midterm elections this fall.
The Maine Republican Party has nominated Brian Langley, another well-known Ellsworth businessman, who was elected twice to represent District 7 until his term was restricted in 2018.
In Maine, limited-time officers can run for the same office again, unless new bids are continuous with the previous conditions.
Grohoski won 64% of the votes and easily defeated Langley, who received 35%.
Langley told The Epoch Times that very low Republican turnout was an important factor in his loss.
“I was surprised at the number,” he said.
On Monday, before the June 14 elections, the Secretary of State of Maine reported that 1,500 Democrats registered in District 7 returned absentee votes compared to 329 Republicans. ..
Larry Rockman, a conservative activist and former fourth-term state representative, told The Epoch Times:
“Grohoski marches in step with the crazy left-wing leaders of the Democratic Party of Maine and their radical policies, but she still wins easily.
“Langley continued to focus firmly on inflation and gas prices. He tried to link Grohoski with Joe Biden.
“He avoided the problem of’cultural war’that really plagued Maine. How did it work for him? “
According to Rockman, Langley didn’t boldly confront parents who were “sick of the madness of gender vendors, synonymous with CRT indoctrination” at school.
“The conservative Maine is angry with the deliberate over-sexualization of children and the biological boys playing sports for girls and sharing changing rooms,” he said. Said.
According to Lockman, Grohoski strongly supports all of this.
“Republican voters stayed home in a fuss because Langley couldn’t be clearly separated from Grohoski on these important issues,” Rockman said.
Grohoski did not respond to the request for comment.
In a written statement, Gaetan Davis, Managing Director of the Democratic Party of Maine, said: Most of her victory is due to dozens of democratic activists who have come out to enthusiastically support her candidacy. “
Carol Conley, executive director of the Christian Civic League in Maine, told The Epoch Times that his group was in favor of abortion and could not support Langley.
“He’s not conservative. There wasn’t enough contrast between him and Grohoski,” he said.
The mission of the nonpartisan, non-denominational Christian Civic League is to bring a biblical perspective to public policy and uphold traditional family values.
“We support candidates representing parental rights and let voters know who they are,” Conley said.
Langley wonders why Maine chose to hold a special election on June 14th primary rather than early spring.
In the eccentricity of Maine politics, he won the Republican primary of the State Senator on the same day that Langley lost to Grohosky’s special election. Then, he will play against Grohoski, who won the Democratic primary in the general election on November 8.
To make matters worse, the reorganization of the districts has shifted the boundaries that define District 7.
As a result, some voters who voted for either Langley or Grohoski in the special election could not vote in either in the primary because they stopped voting in the new district, while in the special election neither. Some people couldn’t vote. Not yet in the newly drawn District 7.
The confusion caused by having to vote for two different ballots for the same candidate could have affected Grohoski and Langley equally.
However, Mr. Langley said that in four towns, his name was only mentioned in the primary. This is something he can’t explain.
Grohoski brings the benefits of incumbents to the general election, but Congress isn’t scheduled to be reconvened until December, so it’s unlikely that one vote will be cast in the current Senate.
She has an unexpired term for former state legislator Luis Lucini, who resigned from her seat to take office in the Biden administration.
Lucini defeated Langley in 2020 when he tried to regain his old seat.
The Democratic Party has a majority of 22-13 in the State Senate and a majority of 82-65 in the State House.
Langley told the Epoch Times that the November elections present a scenario that is significantly different from the special elections in which Grohoski and the Democrats spent $ 270,000 to $ 64,000 on Langley and the Republicans.
“I will continue to overcome economic problems, and education is what I push forward,” Langley said.
According to Langley, the new District 7 is made up of 32 percent (11,057) registered Democrats and 28 percent (10,242) registered Republicans. Approximately 10,000 registered voters who have not declared their affiliation with a political party.
The redrawn District 7 slightly enhances the Democratic dominance of Swing District.
The Maine Republican Party was also frustrated in a school board race in Falmouth, where two Democratic candidates defeated two Republicans to win two vacant seats.