Gubernatorial debate to air live on Oct. 11

Posted Sept. 22, 2010, at 7:24 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The five candidates for governor will appear together in Bangor early next month during a live, televised debate co-hosted by the Bangor Daily News and WVII ABC 7-WFVX Fox 22.

The debate will take place from 8 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, in Peakes Auditorium at Bangor High School. Free tickets are available from the Bangor Daily News and WVII on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a limit of six tickets per person.

The event will feature all five gubernatorial candidates: Republican Paul LePage, Democrat Libby Mitchell, and independents Eliot Cutler, Shawn Moody and Kevin Scott. Bangor Daily News assistant editorial page editor Tom Groening and WVII anchor-producer Tony Consiglio will pose questions to the candidates.

Audience members also will have an opportunity to submit written questions directed to specific candidates.

The debate comes as LePage has consistently led the pack in polls. However, political observers and campaign staffers caution that the race remains unpredictable this far out.

A Rasmussen Reports survey released Wednesday shows LePage with 45 percent of the vote, while Democrat Mitchell picks up 27 percent support. Fourteen percent of the likely voters surveyed favored Cutler.

In early September, a Public Policy Polling survey showed similar numbers. The survey of more than 1,400 likely voters had LePage leading Mitchell 43 percent to 29 percent, with Cutler trailing at 11 percent. Moody and Scott polled at 5 percent and 1 percent, respectively, in the PPP survey.

A poll released earlier this week by Critical Insights of Portland also showed LePage in front with 38 percent, followed by Mitchell at 25 percent and Cutler at 11 percent.

In addition to being broadcast on WVII, the Oct. 11 debate will be simulcast live on the Bangor Daily News website, www.bangordailynews.com.

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