Thursday, April 24, 2014
Local election officials say the turnout in the June 12 primary will be less than 20 percent. Some have said as low as 15 percent.
That's based in part of an really low demand for absentee ballots statewide.
They could be wrong. Maybe voters have too many choices – 10 U.S. Senate candidates, for example – and need more time.
But, if they're right, which Senate candidates would it help? Which ones would it hurt?
Low turnout is generally good news for whoever gets the conservative Republican vote and the liberal Democratic vote. Their supporters won't sit out the primary.
That's especially true if Angus King's independent candidacy keeps moderate Republicans and democrats at home next Tuesday.
But the low turnout also helps the candidates with: A) name recognition, B) money and C) a strong get-out-the vote organization.
At least one expert observer, former State Sen. Phil Harriman, R-Yarmouth, said the races won't be decided until the final days of the campaign.
Open Season is your guide to the 2014 campaign. Our team of political writers has its sights set on Maine’s major elections, from the Blaine House to the U.S. Capitol.
Steve Mistler is covering the 2014 governor's race. He covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald. He spends a lot of time in the hallways of the State House.
Steve can be reached at 791-6345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Twitter: @stevemistler
Eric Russell is covering Independent Eliot Cutler during the 2014 governor's race. He is a general assignment reporter for the Portland Press Herald.
Eric can be reached at 791-6344 or email@example.com
On Twitter: @pphericrussell
Matt Byrne is covering Republican Paul LePage during the 2014 governor's race. He covers Falmouth, Cumberland, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth and Freeport for the Portland Press Herald.
Matt can be reached at 791-6303 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Twitter: @mattbyrnePPH
Randy Billings is covering Democrat Mike Michaud during the 2014 governor's race. He covers Portland City Hall for the Portland Press Herald.
Randy can be reached at 791-6346 or email@example.com
On Twitter: @randybillings
Kevin Miller is covering Maine's U.S. Senate race and 1st Congressional District race. He covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald.
Kevin can be reached at 317-6256 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Twitter: @kevinmillerdc
Michael Shepherd is covering Maine's 2nd Congressional District race. He is a news and State House reporter for the Kennebec Journal.
Michael can be reached at 621-5632 or email@example.com
On Twitter: @mikeshepherdME