PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine has turned back a challenge by Republican Dean Scontras in Maine's 1st Congressional District.
Pingree faced criticism in the campaign over flights she took on her fiance's corporate jet after having decried such congressional perks in years past.
She quelled the furor by producing a letter from the House Ethics Committee saying the flights were acceptable since the jet was owned by her fiance, S. Donald Sussman. But Republicans continued to hammer away at her, accusing of her being a hypocrite and being out of touch.
In Maine's 2nd District, viewed as more conservative, Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud was facing a stiff challenge from Republican Jason Levesque. Michaud was seeking a fifth term.