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Latest Primary Poll Shows Both Gubernatorial Races Are Wide Open
06/01/2010 02:02 PM ET  

One week from today Maine voters go to the polls to vote in a primary election on June 8. The latest opinion research shows that no clear front-runner has emerged among the 7 Republican candidates nor among the 4 Demoicratic candidates vying for their party's nod to appear on the ballot in November's run for the Blaine House.

Read the full results of the poll ---> Read the latest Pan Atlantic SMS Poll released ahead of the Maine Primary Election on June 8, 2010

The poll was conducted by Pan Atlantic SMS in Portland and was a part of a larger survey known as an Omnibus Poll where a range of questions are asked of respondents.

300 Democratic and 300 Republican participants in the survey who were deemed "likely" to vote on June 8 took part with a margin of error of 5.7% in either direction.

The results indicate that on the Democratic side 62% of the Democratic voters remain "undecided" on which gubernatorial candidate to choose on election day. Libby Mitchell leads the four Democratic candidates with 7% of the Democratic respondents saying they would vote for the Senate President. Mitchell is followd by Attorney General Steve Rowe with 5.7% of respondents indicating they would vote for him. Rosa Scarcelli and Patric McGowan are tied with 3.3% of Democratic voters indicating they vote for each. All four candidates "vote" totals reside within the margin of error meaning pollsters consider this race a deadheat.

The Republican side shows a large block of 47% of voters indicating they are undecided according to the Pan Atlantic SMS numbers. Les Otten is the candidate who garnered the highest percentage of respondents saying they would vote for him with 8%. He is followed by Waterville mayor Paul LePage at 7%, Steve Abbott is next with 5.3% followed by state senator Peter Mills with 4.7% and former Husson University president Bill Beardsley with 3.3% of the vote. Otten's lead over this group is within the 5.7% margin of error so pollsters consider these candidates also to be in a deadheat. The next tier of Republicans include Bruce Poliquin with 1.3% of the vote and Matt Jacobsen with 1%. They fall outside the margin of error when compared to Otten's numbers in this poll.



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