Emily Cain is challenging first-term incumbent conservative U.S. Republican Bruce Poliquin. This race is a rematch; she lost to Poliquin in 2014 but announced very early that she would run again. Challenging Poliquin in a presidential election year gives Cain an advantage because voter turnout will be higher. Cain, a 10 year veteran in the Maine house, has also had time to put together a very large grassroots campaign. A strong advocate for women’s rights and equality, Cain is also a champion for students, domestic violence survivors, working families, and small businesses.
Background and Achievements
Cain was first elected at the age of 24 in 2004 to the Maine House of Representatives representing Penobscot County. She began her career as a student activist and has now been elected to five two-year terms and is the youngest woman in Maine’s history to serve as the State House’s Democratic Minority Leader. Cain has also chaired the House Appropriations Committee.
Positions on Key Issues
- Fights for women’s reproductive rights, to end domestic violence, and to close the gender wage gap
- Supports the Affordable Care Act and will vote to improve it
- Encourages access to affordable, high quality higher education
- Fights against LGBT discrimination
- Supports Unions
- Will protect Medicare and Social Security
- Engaged in protecting and saving the environment
Prospects & Opponents
Cain’s Democratic primary opponent dropped out of the race in February 2016. The race will be decided in the general election face-off with Republican Representative Bruce Poliquin. This rematch is considered razor close or a toss-up, and is now on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Red to Blue list.
- Feminist Majority (2014)
- Emily’s List
- Sierra Club
- The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
- Democracy for America