Tough race ahead in 2nd congressional district

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With the primary over, candidates are begin to strategize for the general election. The race between Bruce Poliquin and Emily Cain for the second Congressional district pits two candidates with contrasting ideals.

The second congressional district seat has been a Democrat for the past 20 years. However, the district elected for Gov. LePage and Pres. Obama in the last election. Both Republican Poliquin and Democratic Cain won with solid margins in their primary races. Both Cain and Poliquin said what is happening in Washington, DC isn't working.

"We have plenty of career politicians in Washington," said Poliquin.

"In Washington, DC, it's personality politics," said Cain.

The candidates have similar goals of growing the Maine economy. Poliqiuin said his ultimate goal is to businesses create jobs through about cutting spending and not increasing taxes.

"It doesn't matter if you are a Republican, an Independent or a Democrat. If you don't have a job, you don't have a job," said Poliquin.

He said he knows what it takes it create more jobs with his business experience. Cain said she has proved she can work across the aisle with her experience in Augusta and her focus is growing the Maine economy.

"I believe they are looking for someone who can bring people together," said Cain.

After a late night primary night, both candidates were back at work Wednesday morning, which Cain said shows how tough the race will be.


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