Is Maine going RED?
A Republican governor in Maine, REALLY? That just may be the case after this November’s elections. In the first Rasmussen poll poll following the Maine GOP and Democrat primaries, Republican Paul LePage has a 43% to 36% lead over Democrat Libby Mitchell.
Republican Paul LePage is the top vote getter in the race for governor of Maine following the winnowing down of the crowded contest in Tuesday’s primaries.
The first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the race finds LePage earning the support of 43% of Likely Voters in the state, while Democrat Libby Mitchell picks up 36% of the vote. Democrat-turned-independent Eliot Cutler trails with seven percent (7%). Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.
What is up with the voters in liberal Maine? Have they finally got sick and tired of the liberal agenda? The state of Maine voted for Barack Obama 58% to 40% over John McCain in the 2008 Presidential election; however, the voters have a much different position these days on Obama’s position on health care and immigration. 53% of Mainers want to real Obamacare while 56% of them are in favor of an immigration law like in Arizona. Amazing numbers coming from Maine.
Fifty-three percent (53%) of Maine voters favor repeal of the national health care bill, slightly lower than support nationally. Forty-one percent (41%) oppose repeal. This includes 41% who Strongly Favor repeal of the bill and 30% who are Strongly Opposed.
LePage gets 73% support from those who Strongly Favor repeal. Seventy-two percent (72%) of those who Strongly Oppose it back Mitchell.
In line with views nationally, 56% of voters in Maine favor passage of an immigration law like Arizona’s in their state. Twenty-eight percent (28%) oppose such a law, and 16% are not sure.
Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters who favor a law like Arizona’s in Maine support LePage, while 67% of those opposed to a law like that vote for Mitchell.
Seventy percent (70%) of all voters in Maine like the chief provision of the Arizona law, a requirement that local police check the immigration status of anyone they stop for a traffic violation or some other kind of violation if they suspect that person is an illegal immigrant. Twenty percent (20%) oppose that requirement.
If a state like Maine goes RED, then just like when Massachusetts elected Scott Brown to the US Senate, all states are in play and a worry for Democrats in 2010.
Oh, by the way did we mention that LePage is a “Tea Party” candidate? Think Republicans are not energized and a sign of things to come in the November midterm elections … the Republican primary vote turn out was the largest in 60 years.