One takeaway from the Maine Republican Party’s stunning June 14 loss of a closely watched special election to fill a vacant state senate seat in a key swing district is that social issues matter.
The reverberations of the landslide victory of two-term state Rep. Nicole Grohoski, a progressive Democrat from Ellsworth, continue to rock the Republican narrative of a coming “Red Wave” in this fall’s midterm elections.
The Maine GOP put up as its candidate a well-known businessman, Brian Langley, also of Ellsworth, who had been elected twice to represent the 7th District until he was term-limited out in 2018.
In Maine, a term-limited official can come back to run for the same office again as long as the new bid is not consecutive with the previous terms….


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