Dropouts, straw polls hint at who to take seriously in crowded Maine governor’s race

February 27th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

Good morning from Augusta. We’ve been talking about the 2018 governor’s race for a long time, but it now feels like the campaign to replace Gov. Paul LePage is taking off in earnest, with two Democrats leaving the race since Friday and a Republican debate tonight in Waterville.

The two exits show some specific problems on the Democratic side. Former state Sen. Jim Boyle of Gorham exited on Friday and former Bangor Mayor Sean Faircloth left on Saturday to endorse former House Speaker Mark Eves in what is now an 11-way Democratic primary.

Boyle gained little financial traction after jumping into the race in July and Faircloth likely got into the race too late. His mid-December bid as a Clean Election candidate always had a high probability of failure and he said in a statement that he was “simply not on pace” to qualify.

Eight Clean Election candidates remain in the race. Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon Falls, has already qualified. Independent State Treasurer Terry Hayes and Democratic lobbyist Betsy Sweet — the other prominent Clean Election candidates — still must submit 3,200 contributions of $5 or more by April 2.

The Democratic field will likely winnow further soon. Five longshot candidates are left on that side. Financial filings for former state Rep. Diane Russell and state Sen. Mark Dion showed worrying signs at 2017’s end. Attorney General Janet Mills, attorney Adam Cote and Eves likely lead that field for now, while Republicans’ five-way contest is more stable.


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