A new poll shows some big changes in the race for governor.According to the latest Rasmussen Reports statewide phone survey Republican Paul LePage has 40% of the vote while Democrat Libby Mitchell and Independent Eliot Culter are tied with 26%.Four percent prefer some other candidate, and five percent are undecided.The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.5%.Earlier this month, a Rasmussen poll showed LePage with 35%, Mitchell with 32% and Cutler with 21% of the vote.
The numbers continue to stay even between Republicans and Democrats in the number of returned absentee ballots this year.In the most recent figures provided by the Secretary of State, Democrats have turned in about 29,500 ballots and the Republicans have turned in about 750 fewer, which is only about a 1% difference.Two years ago Republicans had returned about 16% less.
The five candidates running for governor of Maine shared a stage in Bangor Wednesday night for a forum.The questions were asked by local students.Republican Paul LePage and Independent Eliot Cutler both say they support charter schools in Maine.”I believe charter schools are important throughout the state and there should be specialized charter schools so that we can have a concentration on natural resources, agriculture, and marine resources,” said Paul LePage.
With the holidays just around the corner you may want to start thinking about troops overseas.The US Postal Service says the best date to mail your gifts and cards out is November 12th.Outgoing packages will only be charged domestic mail prices, including those headed to Iraq and Afghanistan.There’s more information on our website wabi.tv.
A 17-year-old Bangor transient is in the Penobscot County Jail after Bangor Police say he tried to snatch a woman’s purse yesterday.Police say the woman had just stepped off a bus in pickering square around 11:30 yesterday morning when the teen grabbed her purse and took off.A witness description led to the teen’s arrest.Charges against him include robbery, carrying a concealed weapon and possesion of alcohol by a minor.
There’s a new effort to keep track of ticks in northern and western Maine.The Maine Medical Center Research Institute has teamed up with the Maine Center for Disease Control to track the spread of ticks, they’d like your help.Deer ticks can cause Lyme Disease in humans.Health officials say lyme cases are on the rise and occur in every county in the state.To submit ticks for identification capture it in a small, water-tight and crush proof bottle with rubbing alcohol and send to.Vector-borne Disease LaboratoryMaine Medical Center Research Institute75 John Roberts Road Suite 9BSouth Portland, ME 04106For more information go to their website www.mmcri.org/lyme
Republican candidate for Governor Paul LePage has been endorsed by a leading advocate for small businesses.The National Federation of Independent Business is backing him.The group’s State Director, David Clough, says each person running has unique abilities but the combination of proven skills and knowledge that LePage brings to the race makes him the right person for maine at this critical time.Clough says the federation’s members voted overwhelmingly to back LePage.
Hundreds of Bangor Hydro customers in Trenton will lose power on Thursday for about three hours.It’s so Hydro and state highway crews can do some work.Power will be shut off from nine until noon.Affected areas include Oak Point Road from Route 3, Goose Cove Road and a portion of Bay Side Road.If you have any questions, you can call Bangor Hydro at 947-2414.