ELLSWORTH — In a race that was still too close to call on the morning after Election Day, Rep. Larry Lockman (R-Amherst) has been declared the likely winner for House District 137.
With 15 of 16 towns having tabulated their votes, the Portland Press Herald showed Lockman leading his Democratic challenger, Doug Bunker, with 56 percent of the vote. Likewise, the Maine House of Representatives website listed Lockman as the “apparent winner” as of Nov. 14.
The interestingly shaped district, which first elected Lockman in 2012, stretches from the Hancock County towns of Franklin, Eastbrook, Aurora, and Amherst, over to Deblois and Northfield in Washington County, and up to Bradley and Edinburg in Penobscot County.
Bunker is a lifelong Franklin resident who had not previously run for any political office.
Lockman, known for his aggressive anti-immigration stance and controversial flyers attacking fellow House members, faced a closer race this year than in 2016. His 56 percent share of the ballots — 1,726 votes in total — was down almost 6 percent from 2016.
Bunker received 1,351 votes overall. In Hancock County, Bunker actually outperformed the incumbent, receiving 544 votes in the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond and Franklin to Lockman’s 507.