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  •  Angus is not even on the ballot yet (5+ / 0-)

    I know that it looks like Angus King has already won the election, but he hasn't even turned in the 4,000 signatures to qualify yet.

    This poll was really about name recognition, and since King was governor for 8 years, he has a lot. But he has also been out of office for ten years - those people that remember his name may have lost track of how he did as governor.

    King does have ten challengers - four Democrats and six Republicans. There are already things of note:

    Just three days after King announced that he was running for the Maine Senate seat, the NRSC ran a negative ad against him;

    King's record as governor is beginning to be scrutinized - something that has not actually happened in any thorough way since he left office (as odd as that may seem);

    None of the candidates have any real visible campaign. This poll is really about name recognition not actual candidate support. King, having been governor for 8 years, has that in spades. Matt Dunlap should have performed better, seeing as he is a former Sec of State.

    On the Republican side, Summers ran against and lost to Rep. Chellie Pingree in 2008; while State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin has done everything possible to get his mug out front.

    Form follows function -- Louis Sullivan

    by Spud1 on Sat Apr 07, 2012 at 08:35:08 PM PDT

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