I’d have made a Remember the Maine pun in the title but I think I did that last time. So we’ll cut the cheap gags and get right to the meat: Per the latest Rasmussen poll of the race, independent Eliot Cutler is making life tough for both parties, as nobody is over 40 in the race for Governor.
Sure, Cutler’s in third at 15, but when Paul LePage is at 39 and Libby Mitchell is at 31 (MoE 4.5), the race becomes far less stable. It’s even worse for Democrat Mitchell, though. In a state where the PPACA is only barely opposed (51-45 in favor of repeal), the Democrats would expect to do better. But Cutler is rising on a message that includes limited but universal coverage, and could split the left.
But, other parts of Cutler’s message might appeal more to Republicans, so it will be interesting to follow this race from now to November. Maine may only have two House districts, but you never know if that districting might swing a seat and then swing the whole House.