U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud was projected to win re-election in early election results tonight in the contentious race for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District.

His opponent, Republican Jason Levesque of Auburn, briefly addressed supporters at 11 p.m. and said he would not yet concede the race.

The Associated Press called the race for Michaud shortly after 10:30 p.m.

Michaud addressed a small crowd of remaining supporters at about 10:50 p.m.

“I want to thank the voters of the 2nd Congressional District for sending me back to Washington,” Michaud said. “Now it’s time to get back to work and to address the issues and get things back on track.”

As of 11:30 p.m. with 25 percent of the district’s precincts reporting, Michaud was leading Levesque 23,464-17,680, or 57 to 43 percent, according to the latest unofficial results.

Levesque said that he would hold out until the votes of rural areas were counted.

“There’s huge areas of the state left,” he said.