OLD TOWN, Maine — Next Tuesday, Maine voters will elect a new governor. In the meantime, the restaurant chain that has held the title of “Governor” for a half-century is giving customers a chance to vote for Maine’s next Governor Burger.
Governor’s Restaurant has been inviting customers to cast ballots for the past three weeks. With one week left to go, the votes are fairly close to some polls in Maine’s actual gubernatorial race, with Republican Paul LePage in the lead, the restaurant chain said.
“Burgers named after Maine’s governors past and present have always been a popular menu item,” said Randy Wadleigh, president and CEO of Governor’s Management Co. “We thought that it would be fun to let our customers determine who the next Governor Burger will be named after. So far there has been a lot of interest and interaction in all of our restaurants, and the votes are fairly close to the political polls we’ve seen as well.”
Through three weeks of voting, the tally as of Tuesday was as follows:
* Eliot Cutler, independent — 18.9 percent
* Paul LePage, Republican — 39 percent
* Elizabeth Mitchell, Democrat — 25.7 percent
* Shawn Moody, independent — 12.6 percent
* Kevin Scott, independent — 3.6 percent
Customers may visit any of the six Governor’s Restaurant locations to cast a ballot for the new Governor Burger. The Governor’s ballot includes caricatures of each candidate rendered by artist Mark Ricketts. Voting will continue through closing on Sunday, Oct. 31, and the winner will be announced on Monday, Nov. 1. People can follow the weekly vote tally on the Governor’s Restaurant Facebook page. The current Governor Burger — a 100 percent prime beef patty, Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and red onions — is named for Gov. John Baldacci.
The new Governor Burger will be the bacon cheeseburger — prime beef patty topped with cheddar cheese, two bacon strips, lettuce and tomato and served on a homemade roll.