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New poll shows Mills ahead of Moody and a 2nd District dead heat

Good morning from Augusta. A newly released poll provides good news for Democrats in Maine’s 2018 elections, showing Attorney General Janet Millsahead of Republican Shawn Moody in the governor’s race and a tied contest in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District.

It came from Pan Atlantic Research, a Portland firm that has a solid track record in Maine races with a slight historic tilt toward Democrats, according to FiveThirtyEight. Because the survey was finished two weeks ago, it only gives us a delayed look at the landscape.

However, it buttresses the trends that we’ve observed in other polls. The governor’s race seems to have turned in Mills’ direction by the start of October, while U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and Assistant Maine House Majority Leader Jared Golden are running a tight race. No surprises are seen looming for the other two incumbents in Maine congressional races.

Mills was up nearly 9 percentage points on Moody — the third straight poll showing a similar margin — with the two independents in the single digits. The Democratic nominee got 40.4 percent support of the 500 likely voters surveyed by Pan Atlantic plus 4 percent more who said they’re leaning toward her — equaling 44.4 percent support to Moody’s 35.9 percent.

To read the rest of “New poll shows Mills ahead of Moody and a 2nd District dead heat,” an article by contributing Bangor Daily News staff writer Michael Shepherd, please follow this link to the BDN online.

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