AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Sitting in an F-35 cockpit simulator, Maine Gov. Paul LePage joked during a photo op this month that he wanted to bomb a Portland newspaper for its reporting on his administration. It turns out it's LePage who has a target on his back as perhaps one of the nation's most vulnerable Republican governors in the upcoming election.
Analysts say LePage's off-color remarks, which have fueled attacks from the Democratic congressman and independent candidate hoping to unseat him in 2014, may make him ripe for defeat.
But the three-way race shaping up may once again play into LePage's favor.
Like in 2010, LePage faces divided opposition in Independent Eliot Cutler and Democratic congressman Mike Michaud. And analysts say splitting the anti-LePage vote is the governor's best chance at re-election.
Created: Sat, 24 Aug 2013 11:14:38 EST
Updated: Sat, 24 Aug 2013 11:14:38 EST