ELLSWORTH, Maine — Despite Republican gains in legislative races around the state, Hancock County voters split legislative seats between the two parties.
Republican state Sen. Richard Rosen easily won another term in the Senate, defeating his Democratic opponent Paul Liebow by a vote of 10,758-5,804.
And Republican incumbent Rep. Kimberly Rosen retained her seat in House District 40 to continue representing the Hancock County town of Bucksport and the Penobscot County town of Orrington. Rosen beat Democrat Mark LeBlanc, 2,340-1,419.
Republican challenger Richard Malaby also unseated incumbent Democrat Rob Eaton in the House District 34 race by a vote of 2,126-1,740 and Republican Rep. Brian Langley won a three way Senate District 28 race.
Democrats, however, held their own in other House races in the county.
Walter Kumiega defeated Republican Jacqueline Spofford by a vote of 1,486-1,302 to win the seat in House District 36, vacated by House Speaker Hannah Pingree, who could not seek re-election because of term limits.
In the House District 37 race — the seat vacated by Democratic Rep. James Schatz, who lost his bid for Senate District 28 — Democrat Ralph Chapman defeated Republican Madeleine “Gay” Leach in a close race, 2,256-2,227.
And in the House 38 race, newcomer Louis Luchini, a Democrat, defeated retiring Hancock County District Attorney Michael Povich, a Republican seeking legislative office for the first time, by a vote of 2,290-1,950. That seat was vacated by Republican Rep. Brian Langley, who won the Senate District 28 race.
In House District 35, Democratic incumbent Elsie Flemings was unopposed.