Poll: Maine GOP Congress Challengers Gain Ground 

(AP) – A new poll shows that races for both ofMaine’s congressional districts are now in a statistical dead heat.It also shows Republican Paul LePage with a solid lead in thegovernor’s race. The poll commissioned by MaineToday Media shows Republican DeanScontras leading Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree for the firsttime, with 45 percent compared to 41 percent in their 1st Districtcongressional race. In the 2nd District, Democratic Rep. MikeMichaud had 44 percent to Jason Levesque’s 40 percent. The figures were within the poll’s margin of error of plus orminus 6 percentage points. In the governor’s race, LePage had 40 percent while DemocratLibby Mitchell and independent Eliot Cutler both had 21 percent.The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points. The poll was conducted by Critical Insights.