Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin will retain his position in Congress.

He was challenged by Democrat Emily Cain and declared write-in candidate Jay Dresser of Bangor, an Independent. With 90 percent of precincts reporting to Portland Press Herald, Poliquin edged out Cain for the win with 55 percent of the vote. Waldo County followed the rest of the district in supporting Poliquin and the results received for the 26 towns in the county are shown below.

Poliquin has represented the 2nd district since 2014. His campaign focus this round has been similar to his last campaign, including growing the economy, taking health care out of the government's hands, seeking grants for at-risk families, advocating for environmentally responsible energy solutions and lower overall energy costs, and ensuring adequate military funding.

Cain, who served as state representative from Orono for eight years, and as a state senator for Penobscot County from 2012 to 2014, focused her campaign on a variety of issues as well. She said, if she is elected, she will focus on reasonable budgets and spending cuts, jobs and economic development, fighting climate change, reducing the cost of health care, supporting veterans, expanding education access, supporting Maine's outdoor heritage and protecting social security and Medicare, among other things.

Dresser said his largest national concerns are immigration and the environment.

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