Republican Gov. Paul LePage won a narrow victory four years ago thanks to triumphs in a few rural, largely conservative counties. One is Somerset County, where LePage defeated independent Eliot Cutler by just over 3,000 votes.The governor needs to hold onto - or increase - this advantage to win re-election. To unseat LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud must chip away at LePage's support in these strongholds by winning over more of the voters who were planning to back Eliot Cutler. Jay Field traveled to Somerset County to talk with voters about the state of the governor's race.
As the CDC works to create protocols and procedures to handle human diseases like the Ebola virus, Maine's agricultural community is pushing for the creation of a laboratory to identify the diseases that affect farm animals and food crops - a need which they say is becoming critical. But how to pay for it? Enter Question 2 on the Nov. 4 ballot. Proponents say it's a crucial project for one of Maine's major growth industries. But others say there's just too much state borrowing going on.
Political campaigns spend a lot of time planning what to do if an opponent does this or does that. But things happen that candidates and their campaigns just can't plan for. Take this week. Several Maine political scientists say unexpected events in the last week of campaigning could well affect the race for governor in ways not anticipated.
AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine group seeking to boost public funding for campaigns says that contributions from large donors in this year's governor's race have skyrocketed since 2010.
An analysis from Maine Citizens for Clean Elections says that Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler have raised a total of $4.5 million from donors giving at least $500.
The group says that's up from $1.18 million from large donors over the course of the 2010 election cycle.
PORTLAND, Maine - With less than a week until Election Day, Democrats are hoping President Barack Obama's visit to Maine will energize their base and get supporters to get out and vote to unseat Republican Governor Paul LePage.
Obama urged about 3,000 supporters of gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud at the Portland Exposition Building on Thursday to get everyone they know to the polls on Tuesday, saying the election is "too important to stay home.''