Poll: GOP's LePage still leads race for Maine governor

Posted Sept. 20, 2010, at 10:56 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A new survey shows Republican Paul LePage holding on to a commanding lead in Maine’s five-way race for governor.

Critical Insights’ survey shows 38 percent of those responding saying they’d vote for LePage if the election were held the next day. Twenty-five percent said they’d vote for Democrat Libby Mitchell. Of the three independents, 11 percent favored Eliot Cutler, 4 percent for Shawn Moody and 1 percent Kevin Scott.

The survey was done for Maine Today Media, which publishes the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal in Augusta and Morning Sentinel in Waterville.

The survey of 603 respondents was taken Sept. 13 and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points. It says 21 percent were undecided.

Earlier this month, a poll released by LePage showed him with a 14-point lead over Mitchell.

The automated telephone survey of more than 1,400 likely Maine voters found that 43 percent of respondents favored LePage — the Republican mayor of Waterville — versus 29 percent who preferred Mitchell, according to Public Policy Polling of North Carolina.

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