Gay Dem's recent "Blow-job-gate" partly responsible for LePage's rise?
From Eric Dondero:
Over the summer he was down by double digits, and all-but-given-up for walking dead. A mini-scandal erupted in early September involving Democrat Michael Michaud and a young gay rapper friend.
The rapper - M's Spouse from Massachusetts - cracked a joke in a video towards Senator Susan Collins about the distinguished Senator giving "good head." Polls in late September started showing some weakening. (Photo of Michaud and Spouse below)
See LR article from Sept. 20 -
Spokesman for homosexual Congressman from Maine now claims he doesn't even listen to rap music, so he couldn't have possibly known about the blow job reference in the video mocking Sen. Susan Collins
Meanwhile perennial Independent candidate Eliot Cutler picked up some steam, taking votes out of the Michaud column. Last week two polls showed LePage inching ahead by 2.
And now this, just breaking from the Portland Press-Herald, "Poll shows LePage has a new lead":
Republican Gov. Paul LePage has opened a lead over Democrat U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud in the closing weeks....
The findings mark a significant shift from previous polls showing both candidates running in a virtual dead heat. LePage leads Michaud 45 percent to 35 percent, with independent Eliot Cutler at 16 percent and 4 percent undecided, according to the poll of 639 likely voters conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.
The landline and cellphone poll has a 3.8 percent margin of error and was conducted from Oct. 15 to 21, a period that coincided with three televised debates, leaving questions about whether the forums affected the results.Maine Democrats "dispirited" says pollster
The enthusiasm difference is reflected in a question about who will win. The poll found 50 percent of voters, including 20 percent of Michaud’s supporters and 31 percent of Democrats, now think LePage is going to win Nov. 4, compared to 34 percent for Michaud and 2 percent for Cutler.
In the Telegram’s September poll on the same question, Michaud and LePage were virtually tied while 5 percent thought Cutler would win.
In the June poll, 43 percent thought Michaud would win, 31 percent picked LePage and 7 percent said Cutler. The who-will-win question is used by polling firms because it measures party enthusiasm and has proven to be a better predictor than asking voters their preferred choice.
“The perception among voters, and even among Democrats, is that LePage is going to win,” Smith said. “That feeds into that dispiritedness among Democrats, who aren’t that happy in the first place. The job approval of the president is way down. They’re seeing Republicans doing well across the country, which isn’t going to make them enthusiastic.” (Emphasis added.)