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Carol Andrews

Another Poll Confirms Large Leads for Collins, Obama

Another poll, this one by Critical Insights, shows big leads for Barack Obama and Susan Collins. Obama leads by 20 points in the contested second district and Collins is ahead in her race by 12 points statewide.

The poll also shows Congressman Mike Michaud beating Republican challenger John Frary 64-23. If this result holds, Frary may garner a smaller percentage of the vote than Laurence D'Amboise, who lost to Michaud 70-30 two years ago.

The poll also has Chellie Pingree beating Charlie Summers in CD1 by 21 points and the beverage tax repeal passing 48-39. The survey has a sample size of 443 likely voters and a margin of error of ±4.7%, 95 times out of 100.

The AP has some interesting reaction from the Allen campaign:

Carol Andrews, spokeswoman for Allen's campaign, said recent independent polls show "wildly erratic results typical of a pre-election environment." Another independent poll released this week gave Collins a lead of nearly 21 percentage points.

"We are unconcerned and undeterred as we know that we are making the case with Maine voters that if they seek change they have to vote for it, and they won't get it by voting with Susan Collins," Andrews said.

Rather than being erratic, I'd say the polling in this race has been remarkably consistent. Every poll taken since the campaign began has given Collins a large lead.

(hat tip: TMR)

Allen's Communications Director on YouTube

In this video shot at the Democratic Convention in Denver, Tom Allen's Communications Director Carol Andrews talks with a blogger from Kentucky (where she's worked previously) and discusses what it's like to live among "Yankees" and experience a nor'easter while working on the Allen campaign.

She also gives an assessment of the Senate race, describing Senator Collins as "vastly popular," but predicting that the race will narrow as Allen's TV ads continue to air. She expects Obama's presence at the top of the ticket to have a positive effect on their chances.

UPDATE: She's from Tenessee, the interviewer is from Kentucky. My mistake.