WASHINGTON — Despite an independent expenditure–which included sending out six different mailers–the candidate backed by CUNA's political action committee, businessman Adam Cote lost the primary for a U.S. House seat in Maine's 1st District.

Cote, an Iraq war veteran and long time and member and backer of credit unions, came in second in a six-candidate primary to replace Congressman Tom Allen (D-Maine) who is challenging incumbent Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).

Cote received 26% of the vote, the winner, former state Sen. Chellie Pingree, received 45%.

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