October 29, 2010

LePage has commanding lead, new poll shows

By Rebekah Metzler rmetzler@mainetoday.com
MaineToday Media State House Writer

Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage has a commanding lead in Maine's race for the Blaine House, according to the latest results of The Maine Poll.

A formerly tight race now shows LePage trouncing the competition, with support from 40 percent of respondents. Democrat Libby Mitchell and independent Eliot Cutler are tied at 21 percent, according to the latest poll. Independent candidates Shawn Moody and Kevin Scott are at 4 percent and 1 percent, respectively. About 11 percent of voters are undecided, according to the poll.

The Maine Poll, conducted by Critical Insights for MaineToday Media, surveyed 621 likely voters with live interviewers on Wednesday and Thursday. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

The previous Maine Poll, released in mid-October, had LePage with 34 percent, Mitchell with 29 percent and Cutler with 13 percent and about 18 percent of voters undecided.

Other recent polls have all shown LePage leading the race.

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