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UPDATE: Two New Polls: King Loses Ground, Dill Gains
09/19/2012 03:36 PM ET  

Two polls released today show former Maine Gov. Angus King still leading the race for the state's open U.S. Senate seat, but not by as much as a previous poll in June indicated.

Two new polls out today indicate that former Maine Gov. Angus King still maintains a substantial lead in the race for the state's open U.S. Senate seat, but that lead is shrinking.

A poll by the left-leaning Maine People's Resource Center, found King capturing 44 percent of the vote, Republican Charlie Summers 28 percent and Democrat Cynthia Dill 15 percent. Seven percent were undecided, and 6 percent said they intend to vote for someone else.

That poll also shows President Barack Obama with a sizeable lead in Maine over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, 54 percent to 37 percent. The poll surveyed 856 registered voters between Sept. 15 and Sept. 17. It has a margin of error of 3.35 percent.

(A previous poll in the race, conducted in June by the firm Critical Insights, showed King with 55 percent of the vote, Summers with 27 percent and Dill with 7 percent.)

A second survey out today by national polling firm Public Policy Polling came out with similar numbers. That poll shows King with 43 percent of the vote, Dill with 14 percent and Summers with 35 percent. Eight percent were undecided.

Respondents in that poll were not asked if there were other candidates they intended to support, which could account for the higher percentage attributed to Summers than the Maine People's Resource Center poll. Public Policy Polling found Obama leading Romney in Maine 55 percent to 39 percent.

Public Policy Polling surveyed 804 likely Maine voters on Sept. 17 and 18. The poll has a margin of error of 3.5 percent.


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