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Posted: Jul 14, 2014

In 2nd District race, Poliquin raises $281,000 after primary with help from Collins

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Republican 2nd Congressional District candidate Bruce Poliquin will report raising $281,000 in the 20 days after the June 10 primary, his campaign said Monday.

Full figures won’t be released until Tuesday, when they’re due to the Federal Election Commission, but in a statement, Poliquin’s campaign has said the filing will include a maximum, $5,000 donation from Dirigo PAC, Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ leadership political action committee.

Collins is known to be a party moderate, while Poliquin won his June 10 primary by burnishing fiscally conservative principles. At one point, his opponent then, Kevin Raye, hit Poliquin for his exchange with a debate attendee who criticized Collins. After that, Poliquin said Mainers should “fire” career politicians, but his campaign said afterward that he didn’t mean Collins.

Poliquin’s campaign against Democrat Emily Cain has been largely quiet since the primary, but Poliquin has teased a general election strategy that could perhaps be more moderate than his tack in the primary.

At a campaign stop the day after the primary in Oakland, where he lives, Poliquin said “we want to appeal to everybody, everybody who wants their kids to have a better life and be able to live in the state of Maine and in the 2nd District, that’s someone who should vote for me.”

Now, the candidate is touting Collins’ help as a sign of party unity: In a statement, Poliquin said Collins “knows I will work with anyone — Democrats, Independents, or Republicans – in doing what is needed to stand up for Maine.”

The fundraising haul brings Poliquin’s campaign-long total to $820,000 and nearly $300,000 for the year’s second quarter. The campaign said Poliquin has $292,000 on hand, a figure it highlighted in the release, saying it shows the former state treasurer’s fiscal prudence.

Cain’s campaign is expected to release the Orono state senator’s figures on Tuesday.

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