United States Senate election in Maine, 2002

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United States Senate election in Maine, 2002
Maine
← 1996 November 5, 2002 2008 →
  Sen Susan Collins official.jpg Pingree-chellie.jpg
Nominee Susan Collins Chellie Pingree
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 295,041 209,858
Percentage 58.4% 41.6%

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County results

U.S. Senator before election

Susan Collins
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Susan Collins
Republican

The 2002 United States Senate election in Maine was held November 5, 2002. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins won re-election to a second term.

Candidates[edit]

Democratic[edit]

Republican[edit]

Campaign[edit]

Pingree attacked Collins for supporting the Bush tax cuts.[1] Both candidates opposed the Iraq War in the fall of 2002.[2] However, Collins then supported the congressional resolution to attack Iraq, while Pingree opposed it.[3]

Collins, a popular moderate, was supported by health care groups, environmentalists and gay rights advocates. She handily defeated State Senator Chellie Pingree of North Haven in one of the few U.S. Senate elections in which both major parties nominated women in U.S. history.[4]

Results[edit]

General election results[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Susan Collins (Incumbent) 295,041 58.44% +9.25%
Democratic Chellie Pingree 209,858 41.56% -2.31%
Majority 85,183 16.87% +11.57%
Turnout 504,899
Republican hold Swing

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