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SD 22

Senate District 22

WCSH takes a look at a race that may decide control of the state senate.

PolitickerME ranks SD 22 as one of three toss-up senate races. The others are SD 1 and SD 15.

Speaking of district 15, I almost missed this mention in the Sun Journal last week:

Jeers to Sen. Lois Snowe-Mello, for backtracking on her statements about the state's Animal Welfare Office and blaming the Sun Journal for "distorting" her views. Sen. Snowe-Mello made her comments to Mike Tipping, who writes the Mainepolitics.net blog, about her quotes in a Sept. 14, 2007, article about an animal meeting in Lewiston.

At that time, the senator was quoted as comparing the Animal Welfare Office with the "Gestapo" and that she was "afraid" of what it was doing. In talking to Tipping, Snowe-Mello said she was repeating words from somebody else.

We stand by our story. Snowe-Mello should stand by her statements.

Down East: Maine State Senate 2008

Today at Down East, I post some maps I've been working on and outline some state senate districts that I'll be addressing in greater detail soon.

Here's a map of the '06 state senate election:

The colors are determined by comparing the percentage of the total number of votes (including votes for third-party and independent candidates) of both the Democrat and Republican in the race.

For example, Democrat Ethan Strimling received 8824 votes in District 8, or around 67 percent of the total. Republican David Babin received 2433 votes, or a bit more than 18 percent, and Kelsey Perchinski of the Green Independent party won 1895 votes, a bit more than 14 percent.

Subtracting Babin's percentage from Strimling's gives an almost 49 point margin of victory. The district is then shaded the darkest blue, which connotes districts where the Democrat won by more than 20 points.