Public Policy Polling just released the results of their new Maine Republican electorate survey in anticipation of Sen. Susan Collins (R) making a decision about whether to enter the 2018 Governor’s race. The poll may discourage her. According to the data (8/1-2; 672 ME GOP likely primary voters), former state Health Department Secretary Mary Mayhew would lead the Senator 44-33% within the party electorate. This study clearly shows that a closed primary vote may not bode well for the four-term Senator who has made her career by attracting unaffiliated and crossover Democratic voters…people who are ineligible to participate in a Republican primary.
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