Maine independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler’s campaign is hoping to get a boost from voters with 11th hour changes of heart.Cutler says voters who cast absentee ballots for one of the other four candidates but now support him can ask local officials for new ballots so they can vote again.
More than 128,000 Mainers have already cast their ballots in the November 2nd election.Of those, more than 48,500 were returned by Democrats, and more than 44,600 by Republicans, while nearly 33,000 ballots were returned by voters who aren’t enrolled in a political party.The latest figures give a voting edge to Democrats, with 38%, versus 35% for Republicans.
Maine’s chief executive voted for the last time as governor.Monday morning, Governor John Baldacci and the first lady went to the polls in Augusta to cast their ballots.Baldacci, a two term governor, stressed the importance of voting in his weekly radio address over the weekend.Baldacci says he supports Libby Mitchell, both bond questions and voted no on the casino proposal.When asked if he had any words of advice for the next governor had this to say: “Enjoy all the free time that you have now and be prepared for an adventure of a lifetime.
The Bangor Post Office has a new home.Today it opened for business in the former District Court building on Hammond Street.The Post Office was temporarily set up on Broadway in Bangor while renovations were done to the Hammond Street building.The post office lost its lease inside the Federal Building on Harlow Street earlier this year.
Tomorrow, we’ll have a new Governor.But the voting is over for a new Governor’s burger.The Governor’s restaurant chain has been conducting a customers poll these past few weeks, in line with the race for the Blaine House.They wanted a name for their Governor’s burger.And now the numbers are in.Candidate Paul Lepage came away with 39 percent of the vote.But while Lepage won this poll, the restaurant says the burger will officially be named after the winner of tomorrow night’s election.
Former President Bill Clinton was in Maine over the weekend to support Democrat Libby Mitchell for Governor.He told a crowd at the Lewiston Armory Sunday about the need for new jobs for Mainers.He also talked about the rising cost of college, and the need to improve healthcare.Clinton says the way to help jump start small business and make education more affordable is to elect Libby Mitchell and other democrats.It was the former president’s second trip to Maine in support of Libby Mitchell.
A website that took aim at Eliot Cutler has apparently been deactivated.Cutler’s campaign asked the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to investigate the website, called the Cutler files, whose creator has remained anonymous.The campaign contends the website contained defamatory and false statements.
With the Governor’s office and two congressional seats up for grabs this year, Maine election officials are expecting a big turnout Tuesday.Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap estimates 50-to-55 percent of Maine’s eligible voters will cast ballots.That’s what has happened in open Governor’s races in the past but isn’t as high as turnout typically is in years when a President is being elected.
Investigators say a fire that destroyed the Outlaws motorcycle gang clubhouse in Dayton appears to be an accident.The state fire marshal’s office says last night’s fire likely started near a propane water heater in a mobile home attached to the clubhouse.Crews were called to the clubhouse on Hollis Road around 9:30 and found heavy flames.Half of the building was wiped out.The fire comes at the same time a federal jury in Virginia is deliberating in theracketeering trial of four Outlaws members.
Tattoos and tots — not two things you necessarily think of together, but one local tattoo shop is changing that, at least for Christmas.”Usually you don’t associate tattoos with Toys for Tots or stuff along those lines, but even still it’s just a great program.