The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up

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Maine

maine-stampIncumbent: Paul LePage (R)

Primary Election: June 8, 2010
General Election: November 2, 2010

STATUS: OPEN SEAT
RATING: Likely Democratic Retention

RECENT ELECTION RESULTS:
2002 Result: Baldacci wins 47%-41%.
2006 Result: Baldacci wins 38%-30%.

Maine Gubernatorial Race: Headlines

Democrats:
Donna Dion                Web Site
Patrick McGowan    Web Site facebook YouTube twitter flickr
Libby Mitchell          Web Site facebook twitter flickr
John Richardson     Web Site
Steve Rowe                Web Site facebook YouTube twitter
Rosa Scarcelli           Web Site YouTube twitter

Republicans:
Steve Abbott            Web Site facebook YouTube twitter
Bill Beardsley           Web Site facebook YouTube twitter
Matt Jacobson        Web Site facebook YouTube twitter
Paul LaPage              Web Site facebook twitter
Peter Mills                Web Site facebook YouTube twitter flickr
Les Otten Web Site facebook YouTube twitter
Bruce Poliquin        Web Site facebook YouTube twitter

PollWatch:
Public Policy Polling: LePage job approval rating underwater, 41-54%; Michaud leads three-way 38-36-15% (11/11/13)
Critical Insight: LePage job approval rating dismal: 39-53%; Michaud holds slight lead, 33-30-24% (11/1/13)
Public Policy Polling: LePage very unpopular… could win anyway as result of three-way contest (1/22/13)
Rasmussen: LePage job approval number inch up, now at 47-51% (9/27/12)
Public Policy Polling: LePage job approval ratings strongly negative at 41-52% (3/7/12)
Maine Today: 56% of Maine voters have unfavorable opinion of LePage (5/9/11)
Public Opinion Research: LePage job approval stands at 41% with 53% disapproval (5/9/11)
Critical Insights: Economy, unemployment voters top concerns, LePage job approval at 31% (5/9/11)
Public Policy Polling: Mitchell slips into third; LePage 40%, Cutler 28%, Mitchell 24% (10/28/10)
Rasmussen: LePage re-opens lead, Cutler surges; LePage 40%, Cutler 26%, Mitchell 26% (10/26/10)
Critical Insights/The Maine Poll: LePage has narrow lead, LePage 34%, Mitchell 29%, Cutler 13%, Moody 6% (10/13/10)
Rasmussen: LePage lead evaporates, LePage 35%, Mitchell 32%, Cutler 21%, Other/Unsure 12% (10/12/10)
Rasmussen: LePage opens wide lead, LePage 45%, Mitchell 27%, Cutler 14%, Other/Unsure 14% (9/20/10)
Maine Poll: LePage leads Mitchell 38-25, Cutler 11%, 21% undecided (9/19/10)
Public Policy Polling: LePage up big, leads Mitchell 43-29, Cutler with 11% (9/8/10)
Rasmussen: Lepage leads Mitchell, 39-31, Cutler with 15% (7/19/10)
Rasmussen: LePage leads Mitchell, 43-36, Cutler with 7% (6/10/10)
SMS-PanAtlantic Omnibus: Huge numbers remain undecided – 61.7% of Dems, 47% of GOP ten days before primary (6/1/10)
Greenberg/Quinlan/Rosner (D): Mitchell’s internal poll shows her with 20 point primary lead (4/20/10)
DailyKos/Research 2000: A first look at crowded field (Daily Kos, 9/16/09)

Local Blogs:
As Maine Goes (conservative)
Augusta Insider
Downeast Politics
Pine Tree Politics
Turn Maine Blue

State Resources:
Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions