Thursday, October 28, 2010
Two weeks after slipping into a near tie, Republican Paul LePage has once again jumped ahead in the race to be Maine’s next governor, while Democrat-turned-Independent Eliot Cutler has risen to his highest level of support to date.
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows LePage picking up 40% of the vote, while Democrat Libby Mitchell draws support from 26%. Cutler now also earns 26% of the vote. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) remain undecided. (For survey question wording, click here.)
These numbers move the race back to Solid GOP from a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.
Earlier this month, LePage held a modest 35% to 32% edge over Mitchell, with Cutler at 21%, following several stories about the Republican's family tax problems and a sharply dismissive comment he made about President Obama.
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The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Maine was conducted on October 26, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
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