Independent Eliot Cutler has taken a very early lead in the governor’s race in Maine.
With just over 3% of the votes reporting, Cutler has 42%, or 4,273 votes. In second is Republican Paul LePage with 30%, 2,982 votes. The Democrat and several other independents trailed well behind.
The Republican had been the clear front-runner, almost from the start. But the Cutler campaign is hoping a last-minute surge will boost him to victory.
On December 9, 2009, Cutler officially launched his campaign for governor of Maine. If elected, he would be Maine’s third Independent governor. He was endorsed by Maine’s second Independent governor, Angus King.