Elections

Trump Is Nearly Tied With Hillary In Maine

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent

A new poll out Tuesday shows Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by just three percent in the traditionally Democratic state of Maine.

Clinton leads with 42 percent, Trump is following with 39 percent, Libertarian Gary Johnson has nine percent, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein notched five percent in the Colby College/Boston Globe poll.

Maine’s brash Republican Gov. Paul LePage has endorsed Trump, but the state hasn’t gone for a Republican presidential nominee since 1988. President Barack Obama won in Maine by 15 percent in 2012.

The poll shows the state is split among geographic lines. Trump leads in Maine’s second congressional district by ten points, while Hillary is ahead in the first congressional district by 18 percent. The first congressional district is primarily rural and blue collar.

Trump also leads among men by 21 percent, while Clinton has a 17 point lead with women voters. This isn’t the first poll to show Trump performing stronger than expected in New England. A recent poll showed Trump down by three in solidly Democratic Rhode Island.

Both Maine and Rhode Island are overwhelmingly white states with large blue collar populations, which has been Trump’s base throughout the election.

The Maine poll was of 779 likely voters and was conducted over phone and the internet between Sept 4 and Sept 10. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percent.