- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Latest on Maine’s primary elections (all times local):

1 a.m.

The youngest openly gay legislator in the country when he was first elected four years ago has won a Democratic primary race in Senate District 31 in York County.

Rep. Justin Chenette beat political veteran Barry Hobbins for the opportunity to run for the seat vacated by longtime Sen. Linda Valentino.

The 25-year-old Chenette will face Republican William Gombar of Old Orchard Beach in November.

Hobbins and Chenette demonstrated a contrast over how they’d work with Republican Gov. Paul LePage. Hobbins stressed that he’d been able to work with LePage, while his younger opponent stressed his willingness to stand up to LePage.

Chenette had 56 percent of the vote in unofficial returns.

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11:30 p.m.

Two Republicans are running neck and neck in the First Congressional District, seeking to face Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree in the fall.

The race was too close to call late Tuesday. With 91 percent of precincts reporting, Republican Ande Smith of North Yarmouth was leading with 52 percent of the vote in unofficial returns. His opponent Mark Holbrook had 48 percent.

Smith, a Navy veteran and attorney, positioned himself as an economic conservative, while Holbrook vowed to “work hard to make America safe and great again.”

Also on Tuesday’s ballots were legislative primaries and municipal issues such as school budgets. In Freeport, residents voted to ban disposable plastic shopping bags.

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10 p.m.

A well-financed Democratic state representative who gained national acclaim for speaking out against superdelegates has lost her bid to run for state Senate.

Portland Democratic Rep. Ben Chipman won the Tuesday primary in Portland over Democratic competitors Charles Radis and Rep. Diane Russell.

Russell’s campaign has said she’s raised more than $100,000 from small, out-of-state donors.

But Chipman collected 53 percent of the votes in unofficial returns, while Radis and Russell each had about 23 percent apiece.

The Senate District 27 seat had been left vacated by Senate Minority Leader Justin Alfond, who this week endorsed Chipman. Chipman will compete against Green Party candidate Seth Baker and Republican Mark Lockman, both of whom were unopposed in their primaries, in November.

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9 p.m.

Democratic Sen. Susan Deschambault has easily defeated former Biddeford Mayor Joanne Twomey in the Senate District 32 primary.

Deschambault, who was winning with 85 percent of the vote, joined the Senate after winning a special election in March.

Twomey is a former Biddeford mayor who made headlines when she halted a town hall meeting by throwing a jar of Vaseline in the direction of outspoken Republican Gov. Paul LePage. LePage once used a sexually vulgar phrase referring to Vaseline when criticizing a Democratic senator.

Legislative primaries will determine who’s on the November ballot as the major political parties battle for control of the Legislature.

There was a light turnout at polling places Tuesday. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap predicted light turnout of 10 to 12 percent.

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8 p.m.

It’s all over but the counting in Maine’s primary elections.

Polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday for an election that featured legislative primaries and one contested congressional primary. Also on the ballot were municipal school budgets and other local issues.

Republicans Ande Smith of North Yarmouth and Mark Holbrook of Brunswick faced off Tuesday in the only contested congressional primary. They’re vying to unseat Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree.

Legislative primaries will determine who’s on the November ballot as the major political parties battle for control of the Legislature. The House is currently controlled by Democrats, the Senate by Republicans.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap predicted light turnout of 10 to 12 percent.

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9:57 a.m.

Maine Democrats and Republicans are voting in congressional and legislative primaries.

Republicans Ande Smith of North Yarmouth and Mark Holbrook of Brunswick are facing off Tuesday in the only contested congressional primary. They’re vying to unseat Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree.

Legislative primaries will determine who’s on the November ballot as the major political parties battle for control of the Legislature. The House is currently controlled by Democrats, the Senate by Republicans.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage has endorsed GOP primary candidates like Bowdoin business owner Guy Lebida, who’s challenging Sen. Linda Baker of Topsham.

Democrats are competing for seats left vacated by several top Democratic state senators, including Sen. Justin Alfond of Portland, the minority leader.


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