League of Conservation Voters Endorses in Maine Primary

The League of Conservation Voters' political action arm announced Tuesday it has endorsed state Sen. Emily Cain, one of two Democrats seeking Maine's open 2nd District seat. The group, which spends significant funds on congressional races, endorsed Cain over her Democratic primary opponent, state Sen. Troy Jackson, saying Cain has a better record on environmental issues. The endorsement could come with financial support in both the primary and the general, as Republicans are targeting the seat. “Emily Cain is a leader who embraces our moral obligation to address climate change,” LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski said in a statement. “She stands up for public health and our environment and will be a strong voice against polluters seeking to stop the scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink.” Cain and Jackson will face off in a June 10 primary. Both are seeking to succeed Democratic Rep. Michael H. Michaud, who is vacating the seat to run for governor in the Pine Tree State. Two Republicans are seeking the seat: former state Sen. Kevin Raye and former state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin. The candidate filing deadline was Monday. Maine's 2nd District is rated a Democrat Favored contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. President Barack Obama carried the district by a 9-point margin in 2012.