Maine Senate: Majority of Primary Voters Don’t View Snowe as a Republican

According to Talking Points Memo, a new poll “of likely GOP primary voters in Maine shows more than 65% don’t think Sen. Olympia Snowe belongs in the Republican party.”

The Public Policy Polling (D) survey of 434 "usual Maine Republican primary voters" found just 27% of them think Snowe "properly belongs in the Republican party." Thirty-four percent said she’s best described as an independent, while 33% said Snowe’s really more of a Democrat.

Ideologically, 58% of the respondents said Snowe is "too liberal." Just 37% said she’s "about right" on the political spectrum.

Silver lining:

But when it comes to the actual field, Snowe’s still looking good. There are two tea partiers making moves to run against Snowe at the moment, though they’re generally viewed as, less than serious challengers. One is Andrew Ian Dodge, the tea party leader who announced his campaign by waving his birth certificate in a hotel suite at CPAC last month. The other is Scott D’Amboise, who one Maine paper reports "has been stalking across the state for months promoting his Tea Party-themed primary campaign without creating much support or excitement."

Against both men, the poll shows Snowe cleaning up. In a three-way race, Snowe draws 43% while D’Amboise pulls in 18% and Dodge comes in third with 10%. Twenty-eight percent are undecided.

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