Poll: King Holds Wide Lead in Maine
Independent Angus King is a strong favorite to succeed popular Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, leading the respective party nominees by a wide margin, according to a new poll released on Monday.
King, who served two terms as Maine's governor, earns the support of half of the state's likely voters, according to the poll, conducted last week for WBUR-FM, a public radio station in Boston. Republican Secretary of State Charlie Summers is in second place, the poll shows, with 23 percent. Democratic state Sen. Cynthia Dill is well back, with just 9 percent. One percent prefer another candidate, and 17 percent are undecided.
Among the state's likely voters, King's appeal crosses party lines. He earns the support of 60 percent of Democrats, 31 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of independents. Summers holds half of Republican voters, while Dill is supported by only 17 percent of registered Democrats.
King is the only candidate with broad name recognition, and he is well-liked, according to the poll. Sixty percent of likely voters have a favorable opinion of King, compared to just 21 percent who have an unfavorable opinion of him. A majority of likely voters either have never heard of Summers, the Republican nominee, or have no opinion of him. And Dill is even more unknown, with fully 65 percent of likely voters unable to offer an opinion of her.
The two parties chose their nominees last Tuesday, with both Dill and Summers winning weak pluralities of their respective parties' voters. As an independent, King was not on the ballot in the primary.