Mason unseats Nutting for Senate seat

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Senate District 17 incumbent John Nutting, a Democrat, on Tuesday lost his seat to Republican challenger Garrett Mason, a 25-year-old newcomer from Lisbon.

“We’re very excited about the numbers,” Mason said Tuesday night. “It’s a message from the people of Maine that they want common sense in Augusta. We need to make our business climate friendly to industry and small businesses alike.”

Nutting, a dairy farmer from Leeds who had a political record of service spanning nearly two decades, was unable to stop the Republican wave that swept the nation Tuesday.

Nutting began his political career in the Maine House of Representatives, where he served for six years before moving to the Senate, where he served another six years. Following a two-year hiatus from politics, he returned to the Senate, where he served three terms.

“Senate District 17 has now elected someone who still lives with his parents, has never held elected office and has never even had to balance a family budget,” Nutting said Tuesday night.

While Nutting ran on his record, Mason ran on a platform of fixing Maine’s debt, repairing its health care system and creating a strong business environment.

According to Nutting, Mason ran with about $50,000 worth of Republican backing, while his own party spent nothing to help fight television and radio ads.

“It’s tough when they overwhelm you with money and lie about your record,” Nutting said.

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