Incumbent Tuttle has slight advantage over Rep. Boland

Results were not available late Tuesday in the Senate District 33 Democratic primary in central York County that pitted two veteran lawmakers who want to return to Augusta.

Sen. John Tuttle, facing his first primary challenge in more than two decades, ran against Rep. Andrea Boland, a four-term state legislator who cannot run again for that seat because of term limits.

With 66 percent of precincts reporting, Tuttle had a slight lead of 629 votes to Boland’s 556.

The winner of the primary faces political newcomer Adam McGee, a Republican from Sanford, in November.

District 33 covers Cornish, Limerick, Newfield, Parsonsfield, Sanford, Shapleigh and Waterboro.

Tuttle, 63, of Sanford, has represented the Sanford area in the Legislature for 28 years, including 11 terms in the House from 1979 to 2010 and three terms in the Senate. He currently is chairman of the York County legislative delegation and said he plans to run for Senate majority leader if re-elected. He serves on the Judiciary Committee and is chairman of the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee.

Boland, 67, a self-employed title examiner, represented part of Sanford in the House for four consecutive terms. She served on the State and Local Government and Government Oversight committees.