Regardless of Trump’s victory on the high of the ticket, although, Golden defeated Republican Dale Crafts 53-47. Firstly of the cycle, Republicans had deliberate to focus on Golden, who had flipped this seat in a decent 2018 race, however main outdoors teams on either side dramatically cut their ad buys within the closing weeks of the race in what Politico characterized at the time as “an indication of no confidence” in Crafts.
Biden took the first District, in the meantime, by a 60-37 margin, which was additionally a giant shift from Clinton’s 54-39 win. This seat, which comprises Portland, has been solidly blue turf for many years, and Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree won her seventh term 62-38.
Whereas Democrats management the governorship and each homes of the legislature, redistricting is not prone to alter Maine’s congressional map all that a lot. The state requires two-thirds of each chamber to go a brand new map, and there are greater than sufficient Republicans to dam any districts they view as unfavorable. If the legislature deadlocks, the state Supreme Court docket would take cost of redistricting.
We’ll now check out the nation’s seven at-large congressional districts. Alaska supported Donald Trump 53-43, a smaller margin than his 53-38 displaying in 2016. This was the closest a Democrat’s come to profitable the Final Frontier’s three electoral votes since 1992, when George H.W. Bush edged out Invoice Clinton 39-30 as Ross Perot was taking 28%. Biden’s 43% was additionally the best since 1964, when Lyndon Johnson turned the one Democratic candidate to ever carry Alaska.
Rep. Don Younger, a Republican whose practically 48 years in workplace makes him the Home’s longest serving present member, confronted a rematch this 12 months towards Alyse Galvin, an impartial who gained the Democratic nomination. Whereas outdoors teams for each events spent closely, Younger won 54-45, an enchancment from his 53-47 showing in 2018.
Democrats additionally made a critical effort to flip Montana’s open Home seat however got here up quick. Trump’s 57-41 margin of victory was smaller than his 56-36 displaying 4 years in the past, however the state nonetheless wasn’t shut. Republican Matt Rosendale beat Democrat Kathleen Williams 56-44, a win that got here two years after Rosendale lost his challenge to Democratic Sen. Jon Tester by a 50-47 margin. It was additionally a a lot greater defeat for Williams than in her earlier try for this seat in 2018, when she fell to now-Gov.-elect Greg Gianforte 51-45.
Biden, in the meantime, improved on Clinton’s efficiency in his dwelling state of Delaware and in Vermont, the place Democratic Reps. Lisa Blunt Rochester and Peter Welch, respectively, additionally had no bother profitable re-election. North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming remained safely crimson turf up and down the poll. Wyoming, which backed Trump 70-27, additionally gave him his largest margin of victory in any state for the second cycle in a row.
Congressional redistricting hasn’t been a think about any of those seven states in a while, however there’s an excellent probability that Montana may regain the second House seat that it misplaced after the 1990 census. Nevertheless, whereas Gianforte’s win on this 12 months’s gubernatorial race offers Staff Crimson the trifecta it misplaced within the 2004 elections, state legislation grants a bipartisan commission duty over redistricting issues. Rhode Island, in the meantime, may quickly be part of the record of at-large states, as inhabitants progress patterns recommend its two seats will shrink to 1 following reapportionment.