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New Poll Shows LePage With Narrow Lead

 (Portland)  The latest poll on this year's gubernatorial race bears an eerie resemblance to the 2010 election result.  Ther's Republican Paul LePage in first place with 38 percent support, just barely ahead of the second candidate with 37 percent and just 20 percent for the person in third place.

A poll result that looks familiar, but different

 The difference:  It's Democrat Mike Michaud who's second in the Pan Atlantic SMS poll, Independent Eliot Cutler a distant third.  Cutler's spokeswoman, Crystal Canney says, "We've said all along, early polls don't mean alot."  Michaud spokeswoman Lizzy Reinholt says, despite the numbers, the poll does establish an important fact about the campaign:  that it's a two-way race between Michaud and LePage.
The governor's political strategist, Brent Littlefield, took heart in the fact LePage's numbers are higher in this Pan Atlantic SMS poll than the last.   Littlefield says, "It really goes against the naysayers, who said Governor LePage only has a base vote. It proves that Governor LePage is actually gaining support.
Interviewers with Pan Atlantic SMS Group called a randomly-selected sample of 400 Maine residents between March 31st and April 5th. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minuts 4.9%