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Primary Day sees victory for 7 of 8 pro-marriage candidates!

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Written by Anonymous
June 9, 2010 - 4:47pm

Tuesday’s Primary resulted in some huge pro-marriage wins! One race which was of particular interest was in Old Town where pro-marriage Jim Dill was working to unseat third term anti-marriage Democratic incumbent Dick Blanchard, who voted against the marriage bill last year.  Jim handily won the race 61% to 39%.

Three additional exciting races included out lesbian Jill Barkley in Portland who ran against Mohammed Dini. Marriage equality was a deciding factor in the campaign and Jill dominated 60% to 40%. In a Senate primary in rural Oxford County, where former legislator pro-marriage John Patrick was running against anti-marriage Dan Smiley in an open seat, marriage became an issue in the last several days of the campaign. However, John Patrick came out victorious 78% to 22%.  And in Litchfield/Monmouth, pro-marriage Scott Wing beat his opponent Raymond Simond. The one race we lost in which we allocated resources was Lawrence Pye in Harpswell/Phippsburg.

Other races in which we endorsed were incumbent Rep. Steve Butterfield of Bangor who beat challenger - and former representative - Patricia Blanchette, incumbent Rep. Peter Stuckey beat challenger George Vincent in Portland, and Jim Schatz (representative running for Senate) beat Lawrence Greenlaw in the Senate primary in Hancock County.

One final race of interest: anti-marriage Bob Emrich, director of the Maine Jeremiah Project and one of the leaders of the anti-marriage campaign last year, lost his bid for a House seat in the Republican primary in Newport.

While Tuesday resulted in many wins, we still have a lot of work to do. Click here to help us build a field team robust enough to elect pro-marriage legislators across the state, including a pro-marriage governor.

In other very exciting news, our work at the polls to identify marriage supporters was hugely successful! Across the state, in some very rural areas, including our first poll action in Aroostook County, we had 77 volunteers covering 16 polling places in 8 counties. These stellar volunteers collected over 4,800 postcards, beating our 2008 primary day action of 4,000 postcards!  Sign up today to join our volunteer team for future actions. Southern Maine Pride is right around the corner....

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