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Vice President Pence holds rally in Hermon

The rally was held at Dysart’s Service Center.
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Published: Oct. 19, 2020 at 8:23 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2020 at 2:08 PM EDT
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HERMON, Maine (WMTW) - Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Maine on Monday to hold a campaign rally in the Bangor area.

Pence spoke to a large crowd outside Dysart’s in Hermon. Before that, former Gov. Paul LePage address the crowd and Second Congressional District Candidate Dale Crafts introduced Pence.

The vice president talked about the Trump administration’s accomplishments over the past five years, saying the administration has invested $2.5 trillion in defense. Pence referenced Navy ships built at Bath Iron Works.

“The truth is under this president’s leadership, we are finally giving our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard the resources and the support that they need,” Pence said.

He also said the administration has opened up Gulf of Maine to benefit the lobster industry.

Pence concluded his remarks by asking Mainers to vote and reelect President Donald Trump.

The Maine Democratic Party responded to Pence’s visit by saying that the Trump administration has “destroyed” the country during their “failed leadership” during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Their unwillingness to fund the important measures we’ve needed, whether it’s to take care of people’s health, to reopen our schools, to keep our economy going, or to make sure we’ve had adequate testing and tracing. They fought us every step of the way; they didn’t tell the American people the truth,” Rep. Chellie Pingree said.

The Trump campaign has focused on Maine’s Second Congressional District. The president visited Guilford back in June.

Donald Trump Jr. held a rally in nearby Holden last month.

The president won Maine’s Second Congressional District in 2016, splitting the state’s electoral votes for the first time. He is hoping to do it again in November.

Maine allows for the splitting of its four electoral votes. The winner of the state’s two Congressional districts gets one electoral vote each, with the winner of the statewide vote getting the other two electoral votes.

In 2016, Trump won one of Maine’s electoral votes, while Hillary Clinton won the other three.

Recent polls have shown a close battle between Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden in the Second District. The polls have show Biden with a larger statewide lead.

The Biden campaign sent his wife, Jill Biden, to tour parts of the Second District late last month. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaigned for Biden last weekend in Lewiston.

After visiting Maine, Pence was scheduled to hold another rally in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

Vice President Mike Pence motorcade just headed out of the Bangor International Airport for his rally in Hermon. Stick with WABI TV5 for live coverage!

Posted by Emily Tadlock on Monday, October 19, 2020

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