Public Policy Polling is out with a new poll in Maine that finds Governor Paul LePage (R) and Mike Michaud (D) locked in a dead heat for governor, 40% to 40%, with Eliot Cutler (I) trailing at 17%. This would easily be a blowout win for Michaud if Cutler was not in the race, if Cutler voters go to the polls and decide to give Michaud there vote he will no doubt be the next governor of Maine.
More interesting notes from PPP:
“-Paul LePage continues to be one of the most unpopular governors in the country. Only 43% of voters have a favorable opinion of him to 53% who have a negative one. His numbers among independents are particularly low with only 34% seeing him favorably to 60% who have an unfavorable opinion.
-The biggest factor in this race remaining so close is that Cutler, consistently in a distant third place, is continuing to siphon off enough of the anti-LePage vote to keep the contest in toss-up range.
-Among the voters who support Cutler, 55% say Michaud would be their second choice to just 35% who say LePage would be their second choice. In a head to head contest, Michaud would have a five point lead over LePage, 49 to 44. This is supported by the fact that 73% of Cutler supporters have a negative view of LePage.”