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Rep. Jared Golden wins reelection in Maine

Rep. Jared Golden wins reelection in Maine
© Greg Nash

Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) won reelection for a second term, beating back a challenge from conservative Republican Dale Crafts. 

The Associated Press declared Golden the winner on Wednesday afternoon. With 95 percent of precincts reporting, he had 53 percent of the vote while Crafts had 47 percent.

Golden is a moderate who opposed expanded background checks on gun purchases. He touted the fact that he voted against Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: 'No intention' of abandoning Democrats' infrastructure goals Senate investigation of insurrection falls short Ocasio-Cortez: 'Old way of politics' influences Manchin's thinking MORE (D-Calif.) as Speaker, and would do the same in January.

Golden supports ObamaCare, and during the campaign assailed Crafts for wanting to repeal it. He was endorsed by Independent Maine Sen. Angus KingAngus KingProgressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema Senior Biden cyber nominees sail through Senate hearing Pentagon chief: Military has already started 'over-the-horizon' operations in Afghanistan MORE

Golden first won the district two years ago by unseating two-term Republican Bruce PoliquinBruce Lee PoliquinTrump battle with Fox News revived by Arizona projection Rep. Jared Golden wins reelection in Maine Senate control in flux as counting goes forward in key states MORE in one of America’s closest races.