Jonathan Martin of Politico takes a look at Libby Mitchell's gubernatorial candidacy and declares her to have "accumulated the right experience to establish her as the frontrunner in the race to capture the keys to Augusta’s Blaine House."
He also seems to think that Governor Baldacci's approval rating and the candidates' relative distance from his administration will be the major factors in the race.
Mitchell will certainly be a contender and Baldacci will likely be a factor, but I wouldn't call her the frontrunner and I doubt the race will turn on the popularity of our lame-duck governor. Overall, this reads like another national journalist who knows just enough about Maine to be dangerous. Still, an interesting read.