DISTRICT 5

Buxton, Dayton, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Biddeford

Barry Hobbins, an incumbent Democrat from Saco, was on his way to a win over John Cushing, a Republican from Saco, early this morning.

With 10 of the district’s 12 precincts reporting, Hobbins had 6,540 votes to 4,985 for Cushing.

Hobbins said during the campaign that developing a state economic model that interfaces a better-educated workforce with businesses to develop renewable energy sources and encourage small business development was his focus.

DISTRICT 6

Gorham, Scarborough, Westbrook

Sen. Philip L. Bartlett II, a Democrat from Gorham, won his bid for re-election Tuesday against Matt Mattingly, a Republican from Gorham.

Bartlett had 4,211 votes with eight of 10 precincts in the district reporting. Mattingly had 3,542 votes.

Bartlett said in his campaign that creating incentives for new and growing businesses to create jobs, reining in rising health care costs and lowering energy costs would be his focus. Mattingly also cited health care, the economy and jobs as his top priorities.

DISTRICT 7

Cape Elizabeth, South Portland, Scarborough

Lawrence Bliss, an incumbent Democrat from South Portland, was in a tight race early this morning, with 51 percent of the vote against Joe Palmieri, a Republican from South Portland.

With seven of eight precincts reporting, Bliss had 8,309 votes – 51 percent – and Palmieri had 7,838 – 49 percent.

Bliss said during the campaign that he wanted to help create a roadmap to economic development, with public-private partnerships talking about ways to streamline permitting processes, offering joint solutions to economic problems.

Palmieri said one focus for him would be creating a business-friendly environment that attracts new ventures to the state to help create jobs and spread the tax burden.

DISTRICT 8

Portland

Justin Alfond, an incumbent Democrat from Portland, defeated Peter Doyle, a Republican from Portland.
Alfond got 10,654 votes to Doyle’s 2,902 votes.

Alfond had said he would continue to focus on sustaining, attracting and incubating jobs, improving the educational system and economic development.

Doyle had said his main focus would be to improve job prospects in Maine by attracting quality employers that offer good-paying positions while ensuring that businesses receive their fair share of revenue from income and sales taxes.

DISTRICT 9

Portland, Westbrook

Joseph C. Brannigan, an incumbent Democrat from Portland, defeated Jeffrey Martin, a Portland Republican.
Brannigan received 9,576 votes to Martin’s 5,818 votes.

Brannigan had said that balancing the state budget and advocating for senior citizens’ rights would be a main focus if he were re-elected. Martin said creating jobs and improving the economy were his focus.

DISTRICT 11

Cumberland, Falmouth, Gray, Long Island, Yarmouth, North Yarmouth

Dick Woodbury of Yarmouth won a four-candidate race, defeating incumbent Republican Gerald M. Davis of Falmouth, Democrat Cynthia Bullens and Green Independent Christopher Miller.

Woodbury, an independent, got 9,020 votes, to 7,959 for Davis, 2,463 for Bullens and 892 for Miller.

Davis said the state must deal with a fiscal crisis but balance it with the need to ensure a secure future and education for young people. Woodbury said the economy is at a tipping point and the Legislature must focus on long-term solutions.

Bullens withdrew from the race, but her name still appeared on the ballot. She endorsed Woodbury.