Maine: GOP Poll — Summers Looking Up in Autumn

Posted October 1, 2008 at 6:36pm

A poll released by the Republican’s campaign showed many voters are still undecided in the 1st district Congressional race. Former Common Cause President Chellie Pingree (D) faces 2004 GOP nominee Charlie Summers (R) to succeed Rep. Tom Allen, who is stepping down to run for Senate.

According to a Moore Information poll from the Republican’s campaign, Pingree leads Summers 44 percent to 33 percent with 22 percent of voters undecided. The survey polled 401 registered voters Sept. 21-22 and had a margin of error of 4.9 points.

The survey also showed about two-thirds of the undecided voters are registered Independents.

“Summers does not need to win over partisans to beat Chellie Pingree,” Hans Kaiser wrote in the polling memo.

Kaiser also notes that while 63 percent of voters have an opinion of Pingree, only 44 percent have an opinion of Summers.

Pingree, however, is favored to win the district. The 1st district, which is the more liberal of Maine’s two Congressional districts, voted for the Democratic presidential nominee with 55 percent of the vote in 2004.