Maine gubernatorial election, 2014

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Maine gubernatorial election, 2014
Maine
2010 ←
November 4, 2014 (2014-11-04)
→ 2018

  PaulLePage.jpg Mike Michaud Official.jpg Eliot Cutler.jpg
Nominee Paul LePage Mike Michaud Eliot Cutler
Party Republican Democratic Independent

Incumbent Governor

Paul LePage
Republican

The 2014 Maine gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Republican Governor Paul LePage is running for re-election to a second term in office.

The Cook Political Report,[1] Governing[2] and The Rothenberg Political Report[3] rate the race a "tossup" and Daily Kos Elections[4] and Sabato's Crystal Ball[5] rate the race as "lean Democratic".

Background[edit]

After a close three-way election in 2010, Republican Paul LePage, the Mayor of Waterville, was elected Governor with 38% of the vote. He beat Independent lawyer Eliot Cutler, who won 36%, and Democrat Libby Mitchell, the President of the Maine Senate, who won 19%. Republican gubernatorial nominees in Maine have failed to win a majority of the vote in 12 consecutive cycles over the last 50+ years - the longest such GOP streak in the nation.[6]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Polling[edit]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Declined[edit]

Polling[edit]

Green Independent primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Independents[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

Potential[edit]

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Campaign[edit]

On January 17, 2014, Eliot Cutler announced that he had challenged LePage and Michaud to a series of policy debates, with at least one to be held in each of Maine's 16 counties, over the course of the campaign. Cutler noted that neither man currently has a primary challenger and as such the field is largely set, with plenty of time to debate. Both LePage and Michaud's campaigns criticized Cutler as issuing such a challenge only to jump-start his campaign and generate attention.[25]

Cutler posted a video to his Facebook and Twitter accounts on May 5, 2014, where he responded to a voter's question about his candidacy potentially splitting the vote again. He stated that his supporters, if they felt on the night before the election that he could not win, should vote for someone else.[26]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Paul
LePage (R)
Mike
Michaud (D)
Eliot
Cutler (I)
Other Undecided
University of New Hampshire June 12–18, 2014 527 ±4.3% 36% 40% 15% 7%
Public Policy Polling May 5–6, 2014 754 ± ? 39% 43% 15% 3%
Rasmussen Reports April 23–25, 2014 830 ± 3% 40% 40% 14% 1% 5%
Critical Insights April 16–23, 2014 601 ± 4% 36% 37% 18% 8%
Pan Atlantic/SMS Group March 31–April 5, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 38.6% 37.3% 20.3% 3.7%
Public Policy Polling April 1–2, 2014 583 ± 3.5% 37% 44% 14% 5%
Normington Petts March 3–6, 2014 800 ± 3.5% 35% 39% 16% <1% 9%
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner January 13–23, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 32% 45% 18% 5%
Pan Atlantic SMS November 25–30, 2013 400 ± 4.9% 36% 37.3% 18.3% 8.5%
Public Policy Polling November 8–11, 2013 964 ± 3.2% 36% 38% 15% 10%
Critical Insights September 27–30, 2013 600 ± 4% 30% 33% 24% 14%
Maine People's Resource Center September 8–10, 2013 652 ± 3.84% 34% 40% 16.8% 9.1%
Public Policy Polling August 23–25, 2013 953 ± 3.2% 35% 39% 18% 9%
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner July 11–16, 2013 400 ± 4.9% 31% 40% 26% 3%
Clarity Campaigns June 22–24, 2013 628 ± 3.72% 32% 32% 24% 12%
Pan Atlantic SMS March 11–16, 2013 403 ± 4.9% 33.5% 22.8% 25.6% 18.1%
Public Policy Polling January 18–20, 2013 1,268 ± 2.8% 34% 30% 26% 10%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ratings". Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ Jacobson, Louis (July 18, 2013). "Handicapping the 2013-2014 Governors Races: The Tossups". Governing.com. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ratings". Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Daily Kos Elections gubernatorial race ratings: Initial ratings for 2013-14". Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ratings". Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ Ostermeier, Eric (March 6, 2014). "The Elusive Republican Majority". Smart Politics. 
  7. ^ "LePage: I'm running for re-election". Kennebec Journal. July 2, 2013. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Expanding Medicaid would be 'sinful,' LePage says". Kennebec Journal. March 13, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Michaud to formally enter governor’s race Thursday at Lewiston’s Franco-American Center". Bangor Daily News. August 14, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Stone, Matthew. "Former Maliseet rep takes 1st step toward gubernatorial bid – Capitol Incite - BDN Maine Blogs". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  11. ^ Stone, Matthew (April 26, 2013). "Chellie Pingree announces she won’t run for governor in 2014". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Senate campaign over, Steve Woods is running for governor". Portland Press Herald. Associated Press. November 16, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Koenig, Seth (August 21, 2013). "Steve Woods withdraws from Maine gubernatorial race, says Michaud ‘will restore honor and integrity to the Blaine House’ — Politics — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f "Leery of third-place pattern, Democrats already have eyes on Blaine House | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram". Pressherald.com. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  15. ^ Demeritt, Dan (November 30, 2012). "Dan Demeritt: Baldacci best hope for Democrats in 2014 – and for LePage, too". The Portland Press Herald. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Sen. Emily Cain launches bid for Michaud's congressional seat". Maine Sun Journal. June 14, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Washington Notebook: Mills keeping options open after Cabinet post". Pressherald.com. February 17, 2013. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  18. ^ Miller, Kevin. "Chellie Pingree says she won't run for Maine governor". Kennebec Journal. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "Maine Campaign Finance". Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  20. ^ "Eliot Cutler tells Portland radio show hosts that he’s running for governor in 2014". Bangor Daily News. June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Michaud closer to joining governor race". Kennebec Journal. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Michaud's official bid for governor this week?". Kennebec Journal. June 14, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  23. ^ a b https://secure.mainecampaignfinance.com/PublicSite/SearchPages/CandidateQuickListSearch.aspx
  24. ^ Mistler, Steve (July 9, 2013). "Shawn Moody making another run for gov? Maybe.". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  25. ^ "LePage and Michaud call Cutler’s debate challenge a stunt". Bangor Daily News. January 17, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Cutler gives supporters permission to vote for someone else". Bangor Daily News. May 6, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  27. ^ http://www.cutlerformaine.com/usm_dems_chair_for_cutler#.UuqUTvuSqSo
  28. ^ http://bangordailynews.com/2014/03/24/opinion/contributors/nelson-durgin-why-i-as-a-republican-will-vote-for-independent-eliot-cutler/?ref=OpinionBox
  29. ^ http://www.cutlerformaine.com/eliot_cutler_is_only_candidate_for_governor_with_deep_environmental_ties#sthash.7dO0zQQx.dpbs/
  30. ^ http://www.pressherald.com/opinion/Maine_Voices__Mike_Michaud_s_record_does_not_prove_he_s__evolved__on_reproductive_choice_.html
  31. ^ http://www.cutlerformaine.com/oped_muskie#.UzafE87YGJ8
  32. ^ http://www.cutlerformaine.com/john_nutting_endorsement#sthash.1MPHXbN8.dpbs/
  33. ^ http://bangordailynews.com/2013/11/18/opinion/why-one-maine-gay-rights-leaders-supports-eliot-cutler-for-governor/
  34. ^ Moretto, Mario (July 24, 2014). "Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence endorses Eliot Cutler". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  35. ^ http://lepage2014.com/videos/
  36. ^ Byrne, Matt (April 22, 2014). "N.J. Gov. Chris Christie to stump for LePage". Kennebec Journal. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  37. ^ http://bangordailynews.com/2014/05/27/opinion/want-public-confidence-in-your-public-policy-dont-look-to-lepage-for-guidance/
  38. ^ Cousins, Christopher (June 3, 2014). "LePage endorsed by building contract group during campaign stop at gravel pit". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  39. ^ a b Moretto, Mario (July 21, 2014). "Democratic Govs. Deval Patrick, Peter Shumlin stump for Michaud in southern Maine". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  40. ^ http://www.michaud2014.com/press-releases/independent-state-rep-evangelos-endorses-michaud
  41. ^ https://www.facebook.com/colleenforsenate/posts/537802632949322
  42. ^ a b http://www.michaud2014.com/press-releases/firefighters-police-groups-endorse-michaud
  43. ^ http://www.michaud2014.com/press-releases/steelworkers-endorse-mike-michaud-2014-maine-governor%E2%80%99s-race
  44. ^ a b c d e http://www.michaud2014.com/press-releases/michaud-governor-earns-four-key-endorsements
  45. ^ http://www.michaud2014.com/press-releases/michaud-earns-maine-credit-union-league-endorsement
  46. ^ http://www.michaud2014.com/press-releases/workers-throw-early-support-behind-mike-michaud-governor
  47. ^ http://www.michaud2014.com/press-releases/michaud-earns-endorsement-teamsters
  48. ^ a b http://www.michaud2014.com/press-releases/michaud-earns-two-big-endorsements
  49. ^ a b c d http://www.michaud2014.com/press-releases/maritime-unions-endorse-michaud
  50. ^ a b c d http://www.michaud2014.com/endorsements
  51. ^ "Michaud receives endorsement from labor union that doesn’t always support Democrats". Bangor Daily News. May 13, 2014. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  52. ^ http://www.democracyforamerica.com/blog/825-breaking-michaud-leads-lepage-by-four-in-new-me-gov-poll
  53. ^ http://www.kjonline.com/politics/Michaud_wins_endorsement_of_leading_gay_rights_group__Cutler_blasts_decision_.html?pagenum=full
  54. ^ http://www.michaud2014.com/press-releases/human-rights-campaign-endorses-mike-michaud-maine-governor
  55. ^ http://www.michaud2014.com/news-clips/maine-peoples-alliance-endorses-michaud
  56. ^ http://bangordailynews.com/2014/02/07/politics/cutler-cries-foul-after-maine-conservation-voters-endorse-michaud-for-governor/
  57. ^ http://www.michaud2014.com/press-releases/maine-rep-michael-michaud%E2%80%99s-evolution-choice-earns-naral-pro-choice-america-pac
  58. ^ http://bangordailynews.com/2014/06/16/politics/elections/planned-parenthoods-pac-endorses-michaud-in-maine-governors-race/

External links[edit]