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Updated May 24, 2010
Michaud won in 2008 with 67 percent of the vote and more likely than not will prevail in November.
Businessman Jason Levesque (R) has filed to run against Michaud, but he reported having less than $20,000 at the end of March -- a paltry sum compared with the congressman's $575,000.
Out of Maine's two House districts, this is the better opportunity for Republicans. However, Michaud is the odds-on favorite to win in November.
District Profile from Politics in America
Millions of acres of trees surround the small towns of northern Maine's 2nd. The largest district in a state east of the Mississippi, the 2nd attracts millions of visitors "from away" -- local lingo for out of state -- to Acadia National Park, Baxter State Park and Maine's many lakes and ski slopes. Development of the privately owned timber forests of the North Woods is a major issue, as resorts, single-family homes and immigration of residents from other states could permanently alter the landscape.
Lobstering dominates the coast, and the timber industry reigns inland. Farming is in decline in parts of the district, although the 2nd remains one of the nation's largest producers of potatoes and blueberries. Sparsely populated in parts, the region is less wealthy than the 1st, which has benefited from a more diverse employment base.
As the national economy has become more service-based, the 2nd has suffered. Manufacturing jobs, especially in shoes and textiles, have gone abroad, and some residents have headed south to find work. Some residents have pushed for an east-west highway to promote economic growth, citing the district's easy access to Boston via Interstate 95.
A weak party system throughout the state and a higher proportion of rural voters have helped make the 2nd the more competitive of Maine's two congressional districts. Voters here gave 55 percent of the vote to Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election -- 6 percentage points less than he enjoyed in the 1st District. The 2nd's voters will support candidates from either major party or independent candidates. In the 2010 gubernatorial election, Republican Paul R. LePage won every county in the district except Hancock, and Somerset gave him his highest winning percentage statewide.
Logging, agriculture, fishing, tourism, textiles
Lewiston, 36,592; Bangor, 33,039; Auburn, 23,055; Waterville, 15,722
Established in 1919, Acadia National Park was the first national park east of the Mississippi River; since 1992, Harrington-based Worcester Wreath has decorated, donated and delivered 5,000 wreaths every December for graveside ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery.
|2010||general||Michael Michaud (D)||147,042||55.1%|
|Jason Levesque (R)||119,669||44.9%|
|2008||general||Michael Michaud (D)||226,274||67.4%|
|John Frary (R)||109,268||32.6%|
|2006||general||Michael Michaud (D)||179,732||70.5%|
|L. D'Amboise (R)||75,146||29.5%|
|2004||general||Michael Michaud (D)||199,303||58%|
|Brian Hamel (R)||135,547||39.5%|
|Carl Cooley (SE)||8,586||2.5%|
|2002||general||Michael Michaud (D)||116,868||52%|
|Kevin Raye (R)||107,849||48%|
|2008||Barack Obama: 55%||John McCain: 43%|
|2004||John Kerry: 52%||George W. Bush: 46%|
|2000||Al Gore: 48%||George W. Bush: 45%|