Democratic 2nd Congressional District hopeful Emily Cain outraised Republican Bruce Poliquin in 2014′s second quarter, but she has less money in her campaign coffers.
Cain, an Orono state senator, will report raising $379,000 from April 1 to June 30, her campaign said in a news release Tuesday, when filings are due to the Federal Election Commission. That will bring her campaign total to $871,000.
Both figures exceed Poliquin’s totals: On Monday, his campaign said he raised $296,000 for the quarter, bringing his total to $820,000.
But Poliquin, a former state treasurer and businessman from Oakland, had more left in his coffers at the end of June, with $292,000 to Cain’s $243,000. On Tuesday, his campaign touted his frugality, saying that $49,000 lead has Poliquin “in a better position to win.”
Full filings weren’t available early Tuesday – the deadline is midnight – but Cain’s statement said most of her money has come from Maine.
Cain, Poliquin and Blaine Richardson, an independent conservative and former Navy captain from Belfast, are running to replace U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democrat running for governor.
Levi Knapp, Cain’s campaign manager, criticized Poliquin’s anti-abortion stance, saying “Cain is the candidate that will represent the values of the 2nd District in Washington, period.”
But Poliquin campaign manager Matthew Hutson shot back by deriding Cain’s support of the federal Affordable Care Act, saying she has a history of “extreme tax, spend and anti-freedom votes.”
“Emily Cain has proven she will pay more to get less,” Hutson said.
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