The great state of Maine is getting in on the legislative vote action with the 2021 Maine Senate 14th District special election.
On March 9, 2021, voters in this southern Maine district head to the polls to select a new state senator. These constituents lost their last state senator due to the call of statewide office.
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14th District Special Election 2021 Results
Craig Hickman (D) has been projected as the winner in this race, garnering approximately 63 percent of the vote. William Guerrette (R) received 37 percent.
14th District Special Election 2021: Key Facts
PREVIOUSLY HELD BY: Shenna Bellows (D). The Maine State Legislature elected Bellows to be Secretary of State as of January 2021, meaning she would leave her Senate seat. Bellows was first elected in 2016 after having lost the 2014 US Senate race to Susan Collins. She won a total of three elections, but resigned shortly after winning her third term to become Secretary of State.
LOCATION: The 14th Senate 14th District is in south-central Maine, in the Augusta area of Kennebec County. Cities and towns within its boundaries include Winthrop, Hallowell, Gardiner, and Randolph.
POLITICAL COMPOSITION: This seat generally votes Democratic, but it had a Republican state senator as recently as 2016. The GOP will be hoping they can flip this one back after three straight defeats, but they have seen better days here. Joe Biden carried most of the towns in the 14th District, for example.
WHO’S RUNNING: Craig Hickman (D-Winthrop) and William Guerrette (R-Pittston). Hickman served four terms in the Maine House of Representatives and was a delegate to the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Guerrette is a businessman who previously made a run for the Maine House of Representatives in 2012.
About the Maine Senate
Democrats at present have a 21 to 13 majority in the upper chamber, with this lone vacancy. The special election will not have a great impact on the final composition of the chamber. Democrats flipped the State Senate in 2018 and increased their majority slightly in 2020.
Maine Senate 14th District Special Election 2021: Analysis
We think this is Lean Democratic. Bellows did not have a lot of trouble holding this seat after she won it, but there are some Republican-leaning towns in the district. Further, it’s a special election, meaning low turnout, so you do not know who will show up to the polls.
Hickman has the advantage of having been elected in this area four times already, which shows not only that Democratic candidates have appeal here, but he does on a personal level. William Guerrette was dinged by the Ethics Commission just before the election for improper campaign signage (see: NewsCenter Maine), but that is unlikely to have much sway on the voters.