Maine, a traditionally Democratic state, is split between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a Portland Press Herald statewide poll published Monday.
Trump maintained a strong 15-point lead in the largely rural northern half of the state, while Clinton maintained the larger 21 percent lead in the southern part of the state.
Clinton still managed to win the statewide poll, earning 40 percent compared to Trump’s 36 percent. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson earned 12 percent, and Green Party candidate earned 3 percent.
Only 59 percent of likely voters know without a doubt who they would vote for in November. That number increased from June’s poll, which revealed that 51 percent of voters knew who they would vote for at the time.
“You’ve got two very unpopular candidates and people are voting against candidates rather than supporting people,” University polling center Director Andrew Smith said in a statement. “Voters truly are unsure about who they are going to support.”
“I do not think that Hillary is trustworthy and I feel very strongly that Mr. Trump probably is going to lose his temper, understandably, but at the wrong time and get us into trouble,” Maine resident Peggy Coolong told the Portland Press Herald.
“I just got fed up and stopped watching, it’s just too frustrating,” Coolong said. “The political climate is so polluted it’s like a tsunami going across the United States and it’s inhabited by a clown puffer fish and a piranha who are followed around by meatheads – half-conscious people who can’t stop talking about it.”
Trump’s numbers increased substantially in states that traditionally voted Democratic, including Pennsylvania and Colorado, Trump also erased strong double digit Clinton leads in the swing states of Florida and Virginia.
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