Politico moves Maine Senate race onto list of 10 most competitive

Politico has moved the battle for Maine open U.S. Senate seat onto its list of the 10 most competitive Senate races nationwide.

Maine wasn’t on the list a month ago, and it now holds the last spot on the list. The Massachusetts race between Republican Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren holds the top spot.

Here’s what Politico had to say about Maine:

The September rankings drop both Ohio and Florida from the list to make room for the Pine Tree State, where Republicans are doubling down on Secretary of State Charlie Summers. As the Cook Political Report’s Jennifer Duffy noted, the party wouldn’t be investing so many resources if they weren’t seeing real erosion of independent Angus King’s lead.

It’s alarming enough that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is now being forced to invest money to beat up on Summers without boosting Democrat Cynthia Dill. Look for Summers to post fundraising numbers that will turn heads.

Who won September: Summers

Latest poll: King 45 percent, Summers 33 percent, Dill 14 percent (Rasmussen Reports, 500 likely voters, Sept. 25)