Maine contributes very little to Conservatism and its politicians have been a detriment to the Republican party especially Senator Susan Collins. However, Conservative Mainers have cause for optimism. And the hope stems from State Senator Eric Brakey. As noted in a January article, Brakey was one of the strongest Conservatives in the Maine legislature. The US Senate race in Maine was listed as one of the most important races in 2018 for its potential to send a strong Conservative to the Senate. Eric Brakey is a conservatarian, meaning he is actually interested in cutting spending and reducing the size of government. He is a strong defender of liberties and has a solid understanding of the Constitution.
The Democrats in this race have two options, which hopefully ends up splitting the vote in the general election. Option number one is the incumbent former governor, Angus King. This is his first term. He won in 2012 fancying himself as “independent”. In actuality, Angus King has been a staunch Democrat in the office. This may not bode well for him seeing that 2018 will surely be a better election for Republicans than 2012. Democrats could also choose their socialist option Zak Ringelstein is running on the future, if not current, Democratic platform of higher taxes and medicare for all.
The Senate race is the only action in this edition of Conservative Picks. And hopefully Conservatives in Maine can compensate for Susan Collins, and in two years challenge her.
Eric Brakey is running against Max Linn. Linn is not a serious, nor formidable candidate in this race. This makes the Senate race in Maine a rare occurrence of a liberty loving candidate facing little resistance.
Conservative Pick: Eric Brakey
Mark Holbrook is the only Republican in this race.
Bruce Poliquin is a massive RINO. He is unopposed.