Story posted November 06, 2008
Christian Potholm, DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government, was featured in a news segment examining the U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Sen. Susan Collins and Democrat Tom Allen '67.
The story aired November 5, 2008, on NECN.
In stark contrast to the sweeping Republican losses across the country, the moderate Collins won handily over Allen.
In the segment, Potholm speaks of a long Maine tradition of independence and ticket splitting.
He also spoke of the need for the Republican Party to grow and evolve.
"The Republican Party — if it doesn't want to go the way of the Whigs — has got to expand its big tent to include all kinds of Republicans first of all, and then all kinds of other people. So I think there is a lesson there," said Potholm in the piece.
"Whether it will be learned or not, I'm not sure."
NECN, a cable television network serving New England, reaches 3.7 million homes in the region.