Candidates for Maine Governor Face Off in First Debate Today

by Christian Mower on October 8, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The three candidates in a tight race for Maine governor are ready to face off in their first debate.

The debate will be held Wednesday morning at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. Christopher Hall, CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, is serving as moderator.

Political observers say the debates could have a big impact in a race that will likely come down to a few percentage points.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage had initially raised questions about whether there would be any debates at all when he said he didn’t want to share the stage with Democrat Mike Michaud. LePage eventually agreed to five debates.

Polls have shown LePage and Michaud running neck-and-neck, with independent Eliot Cutler trailing.