ELLSWORTH — Maine Democrats rode their own statewide blue wave to control of the 35-seat state Senate and 151-seat House Tuesday night, although the results were somewhat more even in Hancock County.
In State Senate District 7, which covers much of Hancock County, Democrat Louie Luchini soundly defeated Republican Richard Malaby.
Luchini, currently a four-term state representative from District 132 and also the cross-country coach for Ellsworth High School, received 13,168 votes. Malaby, who represents District 136 in the Maine House and is the owner of the Crocker House Inn and restaurant in Hancock, received 7,463.
State Senate District 6, which covers Washington County as well as the eastern Hancock County towns of Gouldsboro, Winter Harbor and Sullivan, is projected to elect Republican Marianne Moore over Democrat Christina Therrien.
With 71 percent of the votes in, the Portland Press Herald had Moore with 61 percent of the vote and Therrien with 39 percent.
Heading west across Hancock County toward Bucksport, Penobscot and other towns in Senate District 8, which also includes parts of Penobscot County, Republican Kimberley Rosen is likely to be re-elected
The Portland Press Herald reports that with 11 of 17 towns reporting in, Rosen leads with 58 percent to Democratic challenger Beverly Uhlenhake’s 42 percent.
In the State House, Democrat Nicole Grohoski was elected in District 132, representing Ellsworth and Trenton. Grohoski, a cartographer, received 2,377 votes to Republican challenger Mark Remick’s 2,013 in the district previously represented by the term-limited Luchini.
In District 130, representing Bucksport and Orrington, Republican Richard Campbell won re-election over Democratic challenger Michael Reynolds.
In a tight race in District 131, representing five western Hancock County towns, the Portland Press Herald shows Republican Sherman Hutchins leading Democrat Nathalie Arruda 53 percent to 47 percent with 71 percent of the votes counted.
In District 133, representing the area around Blue Hill, Sedgwick, and Surry, Democrat Sarah Pebworth won over Republican Nancy Colwell with 62 percent of the vote.
District 134 went to Democrat Genevieve McDonald, who received 67 percent of the vote over Republican Phillip Brady (33 percent).
In District 135 on Mount Desert Island, Democrat Brian Hubbell of Bar Harbor was soundly re-elected with 75 percent of the vote.
In District 136 on the Schoodic Peninsula, Republican Billy Bob Faulkingham is projected to win over Democrat Kylie Bragdon. With 90 percent of the vote in, Faulkingham leads 58 percent to 42 percent.
In rural District 137, Republican Larry Lockman held a 6 percent lead Wednesday morning over Democratic challenger Doug Bunker with 56 percent of the vote in.
Across the county, voter turnout was up, with town managers reporting record numbers of absentee ballots and votes cast.
“Our town clerk has been here for 40 years and does not recall every receiving more absentee requests than this year,” said Sullivan Town Manager Rob Eaton.
In Hancock, Town Manager Toni Dyer stated this was a “56 percent increase in absentee ballots submitted compared to the last four elections.”