New Poll Shows LePage With Wide Lead
A new Rasmussen poll show released today shows Republican Paul LePage with a commanding lead in the Maine governor's race. In the 500-person poll, LePage leads with 40% of the vote with Democrat Libby Mitchell and independent Eliot Cutler tied for second with 26% each. Rasmussen again failed to list the names of the other candidates on the ballot, but did record 4% support for "other" and 5% of the electorate remains undecided in their survey.
Some have questioned the accuracy of Rasmussen polls and have claimed that they're biased in favor of Republican candidates. I'm not going to make a judgment on this (although Fivethirtyeight.com's pollster rankings found them to be relatively reliable, at least in their polls close to the election), but I did find it interesting that the next email in my inbox today was an invitation from the Maine Heritage Policy Center (a very conservative group) to a "Freedom and Opportunity Luncheon" in South Portland this November headlined by Scott Rasmussen, owner of the eponymous polling firm.
At least three more polls will be released in the next few days before the election, including new surveys from Public Policy Polling, Pan Atlantic SMS and Critical Insights.