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A Kennedy comes to Kennebunkport and other updates in Maine’s 2nd District race

Good morning from Augusta. Noise is increasing around the race in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, with a big-name politician and dark money coming to the aid of the Democratic candidate as Republicans looking to defend U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin grope for attack lines.

The only Kennedy in Congress will appear at a southern Maine fundraiser for the race next week. Assistant House Majority Leader Jared Golden, the Democratic nominee facing Poliquin in November, will hold an Aug. 8 fundraiser with Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, D-Massachusetts, in the Cape Porpoise village of Kennebunkport, according to an invitation provided to the Bangor Daily News.

The involvement of the grand-nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy underscores the amount of national interest in the race, which the Cook Political Report and several other prognosticators have deemed one of the 26 races that could be most likely to determine which party controls Congress. Poliquin has a steep money advantage, however.

It’s common for candidates in races like this to raise lots of money at events outside the district — like Kennebunkport is. Poliquin, a Republican, and Emily Cain, the Democrat who lost to him in 2014 and 2016, held fundraisers less than a mile apart in New York City during the same week in their last campaign.

To read the rest of “A Kennedy comes to Kennebunkport and other updates in Maine’s 2nd District race,” an article by contributing Bangor Daily News staff writer , please follow this link to the BDN online.

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