A dramatic shift appears to have occurred among voters in Maine’s gubernatorial race and in one congressional contest, according to a new independent poll released Thursday. Independent Eliot Cutler moved up substantially to a statistical second-place tie with Democrat Libby Mitchell, who lost support compared with earlier polls. Cutler’s support, which had been hovering around 11 percent, increased to 19 percent in the latest poll. Mitchell had 20 percent. The poll had Republican Paul LePage with a 12 percentage point lead at 32 percent. . . .
Five percent of respondents to the latest poll said they would vote for independent Shawn Moody in the governor’s race and 1 percent said they would vote for independent Kevin Scott. Twenty-one percent remain undecided, according to the poll, which asked people who they would vote for if the election were held the next day.