The Coastal Packet: Poll finds Strimling in dead heat with Brennan

Thursday, July 23

Poll finds Strimling in dead heat with Brennan

Bangor Daily News - There are five people who have taken out papers to run for mayor of Maine’s largest city, but it’s hard to have a conversation about the race without mentioning one person who hasn’t: Ethan Strimling.

Strimling finished as the runner-up to current Mayor Michael Brennan in 2011, and has remained in the public eye as a political commentator for a variety of news organizations, including the BDN at one point and more recently the Portland Press Herald and WCSH 6.

The latest fuel  came today in the form of Public Policy Polling results, finding Strimling with a slim advantage in a hypothetical rematch against Brennan.

Those results show the educational nonprofit director and former state lawmaker carrying a two-percent edge over Brennan in a head-to-head matchup, and a one-percent edge when a third candidate, City Councilor Ed Suslovic, is thrown into the mix. As both numbers are within the 4.1 percent margin of error, it’s perhaps most accurate to say Strimling and Brennan are in a dead heat.

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