The Coastal Packet: Clinton leads in Maine

Thursday, September 8

Clinton leads in Maine

Sun Journal -Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton led Republican Donald Trump by 9 percentage points in a new Maine poll , but deep polarization leaves an opening for Trump to win the state’s northern half.

The survey from Emerson College in Boston is a fascinating demonstration of the long-observed “two Maines” political conflict between the liberal south and more conservative north, but it would be unprecedented if the election went this way.

Statewide, Clinton got 44 percent to Trump’s 35 percent, with Libertarian Gary Johnson at 12 percent and Green Jill Stein barely registering at 2 percent among a sample of 800 voters with a margin of error of 3.6 percent.

As they are nationally, Clinton and Trump are deeply unpopular in Maine: Trump was found unfavorable by nearly 64 percent of those surveyed, with Clinton at 54 percent. Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican who has endorsed Trump, was at 57 percent.

Clinton is crushing Trump in the 1st District with 52 percent to his 30 percent, while Trump leads Clinton with 40.6 percent to her 36.3 percent [in the 2nd].

His lead is important, because Maine is one of two states that splits its presidential electors between districts. If Clinton wins statewide and in the 1st District while Trump wins in the 2nd District, she wins three electors and he gets the last one.

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