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Democratic poll has King leading three-way race (Maine alert)
The Portland Press Herald ^ | March 6, 2012 | Jonathan Riskind

Posted on 03/06/2012 5:27:39 PM PST by Clintonfatigued

A poll released today by Public Policy Polling, a national Democratic firm, found that independent former Gov. Angus King would narrowly win a three-way race against Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Republican Secretary of State Charlie Summers.

Former independent Gov. Angus King, left, Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree and Secretary of State Charlie Summers, a Republican.

King garners 36 percent of the vote to Pingree's 31 percent and Summers' 28 percent because he pulls away 35 percent of Democratic voters from Pingree and garners 53 percent of the vote from independents, compared to 25 percent of the GOP vote, PPP's poll of 1,256 Maine voters found.

But King might have to pledge to caucus with Senate Democrats to retain that type of support, according to the PPP poll.

While 51 percent of his supporters want him to caucus with Democrats, just 25 percent want him to caucus with Republicans. Independents favor King caucusing with Democrats by a 40-27 percent margin, the poll found.

"Angus King and Chellie Pingree look like the early favorites in Maine," said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling, in a statement. "King will have a hard time holding onto his early Democratic support without a pledge to caucus with the party if he's elected to the Senate."

(Excerpt) Read more at pressherald.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: angusking; charliesummers; me2012

1 posted on 03/06/2012 5:27:46 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; LdSentinal; ...

It’s still very early, but Chellie Pingree is hesitating rather than jumping into the race. Among Republicans, it seems that Secretary of State Charlie Summers is the most likely nominee. Anything can happen.


2 posted on 03/06/2012 5:29:48 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Maine is hopeless...


3 posted on 03/06/2012 5:34:03 PM PST by MrLee (Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalyim!! God bless Eretz Israel.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Since Maine has had a series of Anus U.S. Senators, maybe inserting the “g” in the middle will change things.


4 posted on 03/06/2012 5:41:12 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Romney ruined Massachusetts. Now he wants to ruin the nation.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

If the Dems decline to field a first tier candidate, you will know that some type of deal is afoot. But in a genuine 3 way race, the GOP has a good shot.


5 posted on 03/06/2012 7:53:01 PM PST by Arthurio
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

I voted for Angus over Susan Collins for governor. Ideologically he is similar to Collins or Snowe he could and would caucus with the majority. If he was breaking a tie he would go to the democrats IMO.


6 posted on 03/06/2012 7:56:55 PM PST by hawgwalker
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; randita; WOSG; BillyBoy

I was afraid King might have a decisive edge. This poll indicates it’s anyone’s game. A Republican worth his salt should be able to get about the same 38% or so that Paul LePage got.

But will the democrats pull a Kendrick Meek special and abandon their horse for King if it looks like the Republican might win?


7 posted on 03/07/2012 3:01:59 AM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy; Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; randita; WOSG; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; RygelXVI

“But will the democrats pull a Kendrick Meek special and abandon their horse for King if it looks like the Republican might win?”


Not if the Dem nominee is Pingree or Baldacci.

At some point, King will have to start talking about issues, and he will lose either GOP or Dem support. I like our chances in a three-way race if we run a moderate-to-conservative Republican—not a Jesse Helms (LePage isn’t Jesse Helms), but certainly not a Snowe or Collins.


8 posted on 03/07/2012 5:44:12 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: Impy

“But will the democrats pull a Kendrick Meek special “

Remind me again .. who won that race??? :-) :-)

Seems like a win/win for us in Maine, we get an Indie middle of road type (which is what Snowe / Collins are anyway) or we get an actual Republican. I guess the D could win if we put up a weak candidate, but ... Much better odds than a straight up R vs D race.


9 posted on 03/07/2012 8:29:05 PM PST by WOSG (“Legion of Acceptibility”)
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To: hawgwalker

Did you vote for him in 1998?


10 posted on 03/08/2012 3:05:28 AM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; campaignPete R-CT; BillyBoy; Clintonfatigued; ...

Pingree has bowed out in apparent deference to King who calls her a “friend”.

Pingree: “We have seen three-way contests before become very complex (in Maine) and I didn’t want to take the chance that my entering the race would make it more likely for a Republican to be the next senator from the state of Maine,”

If Baldacci quits too we’ll know the fix is in and that powerful rats favor King.


11 posted on 03/08/2012 3:08:56 AM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

likely some of them jumped in to collect signatures to distract anybody from collecting signatures for other DEMS. So that no real candidate was able to get on the primary ballot. But the

But Dunlap and Dill were running all along and I am sure have continued and will be on the ballot in june. Yes>?


12 posted on 03/08/2012 4:23:02 AM PST by campaignPete R-CT (and I will not go to Kansas to campaign against MITT.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican

Someone will be on the rat ballot line. This is not a Bernie Sanders situation, King is not liberal enough for a number of Maine democrats.

But if it’s some chump that only gets 20% of the vote?


13 posted on 03/08/2012 5:21:21 AM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy; All

“If Baldacci quits too we’ll know the fix is in and that powerful rats favor King.”

Perfectly stated.


14 posted on 03/08/2012 10:05:05 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: Impy

I don’t remember who ran against him for reelection? Not sure.


15 posted on 03/08/2012 1:16:30 PM PST by hawgwalker
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To: hawgwalker

The Republican was James Longley Jr., the former 1 term Congressman. The rat was named Thomas Connolly.

King won with over 58%. Longley was runner up with just 19%.


16 posted on 03/08/2012 5:07:19 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

This might be a blessing in disguise, because I cant imagine every single Democrat in maine just bowing out for an indie candidate.


17 posted on 03/10/2012 8:27:21 PM PST by WOSG (“Legion of Acceptibility”)
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To: GOPsterinMA; campaignPete R-CT; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; randita

Baldacci is out.

The rat will probably be former Sec of State Matt Dunlap.


18 posted on 03/14/2012 4:49:36 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy; mainerforglobalwarming; maine-iac7

Republicans have a short time before they can get enough signatures to get on the ballot.


19 posted on 03/14/2012 4:55:02 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: Impy; GOPsterinMA; campaignPete R-CT; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; randita

OK, if Dunlap gets 25% of the vote, that means that the GOP candidate needs 38% to win; if Dunlap gets 20%, our candidate would need 40%. That’s more or less what LePage got in 2010. We can win this.


20 posted on 03/14/2012 5:06:40 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

just whom do you mean by ‘we’, Kimosabe?


21 posted on 03/14/2012 5:46:02 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (and I will not go to Illinois to campaign against MITT.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

“We Republicans”; hopefully “we conservative Republicans,” although, it being Maine, the GOP nominee may not be quite as conservative as I’d like (but I’d take the vote to repeal Obamacare, lower taxes, etc.).

One thing that I’m pretty sure of is that the GOP Senate nominee in ME will *not* be an Olympia Snowe clone.


22 posted on 03/14/2012 5:57:04 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

no Snowe?
who da most libbrel of the bunch running?


23 posted on 03/14/2012 6:05:26 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (and I will not go to Illinois to campaign against MITT.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

You’d have to ask ME FReepers, but from what I’ve read and heard so far D’Amboise is conservative and Summers, Schneider, Plowman and Poliquin are, at the very least, far less liberal than Snowe. Plowman, being a lady state senator, seems like the likeliest candidate for the most liberal of the bunch, but she voted against same-sex marriage and voted to amend some transgender law so that facilities that are designed for a particular sex (think bathrooms) may be limited to such sex, which I doubt Snowe would have done.


24 posted on 03/14/2012 7:00:31 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

i thought poliquin was came across as a slick RINo while i was up there. maybe cuz he is Romney’s state chairman or something.

nevah heard of the schneide.


25 posted on 03/14/2012 7:22:01 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (and I will not go to Illinois to campaign against MITT.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; All

“We can win this.”
Yes.


26 posted on 03/14/2012 9:39:53 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: Impy; All

Baldacci is a bitch.


27 posted on 03/14/2012 9:42:31 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
Since Maine has had a series of Anus U.S. Senators, maybe inserting the “g” in the middle will change things.

I was hoping that - BUT he just endorsed Obama -- so much for that

28 posted on 03/15/2012 11:19:21 AM PDT by maine-iac7 ("If you bought it - a truck brought it" - and because of the price of gas/it costs more.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; All
Not if the Dem nominee is Pingree or Baldacci.

Baldacci just pulled out - that is a plus.

However, he likely pulled out because his party willo back KING - who has a beter chance of winning - AND, king just endorsed obama -

So it's all downhill from there

29 posted on 03/15/2012 11:22:09 AM PDT by maine-iac7 ("If you bought it - a truck brought it" - and because of the price of gas/it costs more.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

He’s not even worthy of being an Earth Pimp.


30 posted on 03/16/2012 4:49:22 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: maine-iac7; AuH2ORepublican; GOPsterinMA; Clintonfatigued; campaignPete R-CT

An an odd position we find our self in, not happy that a prominent rat isn’t running.

So King is the defacto rat. We need the regular rat to take at least 20% from him.


31 posted on 03/16/2012 4:59:07 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy; maine-iac7; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; campaignPete R-CT

Yep!


32 posted on 03/17/2012 7:47:36 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: Impy

I’m gasping for air and barking like Cujo!


33 posted on 03/17/2012 7:55:08 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Don’t forget Maine went totally Republican in 2010 — governor and legislature. Anything is possible.


34 posted on 03/17/2012 8:00:11 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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