Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe is losing support among Maine conservative voters, according to a poll from the North Carolina-based Public Policy Center.
The poll of 434 usual Maine Republican primary voters, released Tuesday, shows that 58 percent of respondents would vote for a more conservative challenger in the Republican primary, and that the same percentage perceives Snowe as too liberal. When asked if Snowe belonged in the Democratic Party, the Republican Party or as an independent, 34 percent of respondents said independent, 33 percent said the Democratic Party and 27 percent said the Republican Party. Six percent were not sure.
Snowe still leads the pack of announced candidates in the Republican primary, however. When asked who they would vote for next year, 43 percent of respondents said Snowe, 18 percent said Scott D’Amboise, 10 percent said Andrew Ian Dodge and 28 percent were undecided.
D’Amboise, who previously ran for Congress, announced his candidacy against Snowe in February 2010 — more than two years before the 2012 GOP primary. Dodge, a tea party activist, announced his candidacy in February of this year.