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Former Maine Congressman announces he is running for his old seat again

Poliquin lost to Democrat Jared Golden in the 2018 general election.
Poliquin lost to Democrat Jared Golden in the 2018 general election.(Gray tv)
Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 8:02 AM EDT
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Former Congressman Bruce Poliquin announced Wednesday morning that he is running again for his former seat in Washington.

The Republican represented Maine’s Second Congressional District from 2015 until 2019, but lost to Democrat Jared Golden in the 2018 general election.

That race was decided using ranked choice, the first time that system had been used in a U.S. House race.

Poliquin did file a lawsuit challenging the use of ranked choice, but that suit was denied.

Poliquin said Wednesday he will seek to challenge Golden in 2022.

“I can’t watch this anymore and sit on the sidelines, that’s just not what I’m about. We’re in such big trouble. In this country, because Democrats like Jared Golden and others are just pushing this country so far to the left. It’s hurting our families, it’s hurting our small businesses, and I just can’t watch this anymore, So I’m going to run I’m going to win.”

Poliquin used the example of the handling of the U.S. and Mexico border as something that has been mishandled under a Democratic regime.

Jared Golden’s campaign manager responded to the news of Poliquin’s run and said, “Mainers know Congressman Golden, and they know that he has spent his time in Congress laser-focused on getting things done for his constituents. Mainers also know Bruce Poliquin. He’s still the guy voters rejected in 2018. Nothing has changed about him since then, and if he receives the GOP nomination, Jared will look forward to the rematch.”

State Senator Trey Stewart is also running for the Republican nomination in the Second Congressional District.

He represents Presque Isle and announced his campaign in July.

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