Polls: Obama pulling ahead of McCain in Maine

Posted Oct. 22, 2008, at 3:24 p.m.

BANGOR — Two polls released Wednesday suggest that Barack Obama has pulled comfortably ahead of John McCain in Maine despite the Republicans’ heavy attention to the state in recent weeks.

Less than a week after Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin held a rally at Bangor International Airport, a SurveyUSA poll sponsored by WCSH, WLBZ and the Bangor Daily News, showed Obama with a 54-39 edge among likely voters.

Similarly, a survey taken by Pan Atlantic SMS Group between Oct. 14-16 had Obama on top 51 percent to 39 percent.

“Given how things are going nationally, these numbers seem to be about right,” said Amy Fried, a political scientist at the University of Maine. “I think there would have to be something fairly major in terms of an event or a significant gaffe [by Obama] for things to change.”

Two polls taken in late September showed a much closer race statewide, with the Democratic presidential nominee holding leads of four and five points, respectively. That was before the nationwide economic crisis, though, which appears to have sent more voters toward Obama than McCain.

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