Wednesday July 11, 2012 | 05:10 PM

We're publishing the results of a statewide poll of voters this week, but here's an interesting tidbit about the Maine Senate race that got left on the cutting room floor.

Republicans have criticized former Gov. Angus King as a wealthy, federally subsidized wind-farm developer.

King’s recent career in the wind industry doesn’t appear to be a problem for most voters, however, according to the poll.

Forty-seven percent of the voters polled said they support the development of mountaintop wind turbines, while 22 percent said they were opposed. Democrats are more supportive, but even Republicans like windmills on mountains, 40 percent to 29 percent.

Also, more than two-thirds of voters polled – 68 percent – said they believe federal money should be used to promote renewable energy sources. Twenty-six percent said they're opposed to the funding.

Again, Democrats and independents are strongly in favor. Republicans said they favored federal support, too, 48 percent to 46 percent. Statistically, that's a tie.

King, who sold his interest in the wind business in March, is the independent front-runner in the Maine Senate race. He leads Republican Charlie Summers 55 percent to 27 percent, according to the poll.



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