Candidates for Maine’s Second Congressional District reported fund raising totals this week. Republican Bruce Poliquin has an edge over Democrat Emily Cain, while independent candidate Blaine Richardson raised just $275.
Cain, a Democratic state senator from Orono, raised nearly $380,000 in the last three months. She has raised a total of $870,000 for her campaign.
Poliquin, a former State Treasurer, reported raising $296,000 for the second quarter of 2014, bringing his campaign total to roughly $820,000.
Both campaigns touted their strong fundraising numbers to emails to supporters and press, though Poliquin does have nearly $50,000 more cash-on-hand than Cain.
The Poliquin campaign was also quick to point out that it has raised more than $281,000 since the conclusion of the primary elections, while Cain has raised less than $174,000 in the same period.
Richardson, a libertarian-leaning candidate from Belfast, dropped out of the GOP primary to run as an independent. His weak fundraising numbers have led some to question whether he will stay in the race.