PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The Maine governor’s race is off to an early start with three candidates already raising more than $2 million combined. Now independent Eliot Cutler is ready to start debating.
This week, Cutler called on Republican incumbent Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud to join him in a series of debates – one or more in each of Maine’s 16 counties before the November election.
Both Michaud’s and LePage’s campaigns attacked his proposal as an attention-getting scheme.
Everything is happening earlier as a three-way race has shaped up with no primary contenders.
LePage’s senior political adviser, Brent Littlefield, says there will be “plenty of time for debates later in the year.”
Independent voter Meaghan Woodsome, of Portland, says she doesn’t want early debates because she’s already feeling election fatigue.