An internal poll from Democrat Emily Cain’s campaign shows her tied with Rep. Bruce Poliquin in Maine’s 2nd District.
Cain and Poliquin, who are facing off for the second time , each garnered 45 percent in the poll conducted by Normington Petts. The live-caller poll surveyed 400 likely voters on landlines and cell phones from June 6 to 9. The margin of error was 4.9 points.
Cain lost to Poliquin by about 5 points in 2014. Democrats in Washington recruited her early to run against Poliquin again.
Maine’s 2nd District is a rural and blue collar seat that votes Democratic at the presidential level. Democrats hope having Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket will help Cain take out the freshman Republican.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has put Poliquin on its Patriot Program for vulnerable members.
Poliquin, who serves on the Financial Services Committee, proved to be a strong fundraiser early .
In a reversal of early fundraising in this race, Cain outraised Poliquin in the first quarter of this year and the pre-primary reporting period. Cain ended the pre-primary reporting period with $921,000 to Poliquin’s $1.96 million.
“Emily’s record of fighting for working families is unmatched. After two years of watching Congressman Poliquin vote to benefit himself and his Wall Street funders, Maine people are ready for a change, and they told us so,” Daniel Gleick, Cain campaign communications director, said in a statement.
Poliquin’s campaign quickly refuted the poll Thursday afternoon.
“Emily Cain was defeated in 2014 despite she and her allies out-spending Congressman Poliquin by over a half million dollars, having a conservative independent on the ballot who drew votes from her opponent, and running in a state with the highest turnout in the country. None of that could save her from a loss,” Poliquin consultant Brent Littlefield said in a statement.
“Putting out false numbers to prop up another failing campaign is more of the same,” he said.
The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call rates the race a Tossup.