Stop me if you’ve heard this before: The results of a a recently conducted poll of likely Maine voters show a statistical dead heat between incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and the Democratic candidate, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, with independent candidate Eliot Cutler a distant third.
Well, add another to the list: The national polling outfit Rasmussen Reports on Monday released the results of their own survey, showing Michaud and LePage each polling at 40 percent, while Cutler polled at 14 percent. The automated poll surveyed 830 likely Maine voters. That’s the largest sample size we’ve seen since the left-leaning Public Policy Polling surveyed 953 voters last August. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.
Two weeks ago, the Portland-based Pan Atlantic SMS Group released results of a poll that showed LePage with a lead that was within the margin of error. If you want to keep up with all the polls of this race, check out this handy Huffington Post poll tracker.
That’s in keeping with a series of other polls we’ve seen in the past year, which show a close race, though more polls than not show Michaud with a small advantage over the governor.
In other news: Today is the deadline for each of the gubernatorial candidates to turn in their finance reports for the most recent reporting period. So check back tomorrow morning for a different look at how the campaigns are doing.