Democratic Sen. George J. Mitchell buried his opponent under a landslide thicker than a Maine blizzard, 85% to 15%, while Vice President George Bush, who maintains a Maine address at his Kennebunkport summer home, defeated Michael S. Dukakis for the state’s four electoral votes after a tight, see-saw race.
Mitchell won his second full term in the Senate over Jasper S. Wyman, a former Democratic state legislator turned Republican. Wyman, who heads the conservative Maine Christian Civic League, stepped forward to challenge Mitchell after more established GOP figures refused to take him on.
The enormously respected senator, a key figure in the 1987 Iran-Contra hearings, is considered a serious contender for majority leader in the 101st Congress.
Both congressional incumbents won reelection--Democrat Joseph E. Brennan, a former two-term governor, and Republican Olympia J. Snowe.