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Eliot R. Cutler
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Candidate for
Governor of Maine
PartyIndependent
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website
Eliot R. Cutler campaign logo
Eliot R. Cutler is an Independent candidate for Governor of Maine in 2014. He formally launched his second consecutive gubernatorial campaign - having previously sought the office in 2010 - on September 24, 2013.[1][2] Cutler hopes to set up a 2014 re-match with current incumbent Paul LePage, a first term Republican to whom Cutler lost the governorship in the 2010 general election by a margin of less than two percentage points. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

On The Issues Vote Match

Eliot Cutler's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Cutler is a Liberal Populist. Cutler received a score of 55 percent on social issues and 20 percent on economic issues.[3]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[4]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[3]

Elections

2014

See also: Maine gubernatorial election, 2014

Cutler is running for Governor of Maine in 2014. When he officially entered the race on September 24, 2013, Cutler had already been labeled as the presumptive Independent party candidate.[5] Incumbent Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican first elected in 2010, is running for re-election in 2014.[6] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Endorsements

Cutler received the endorsements of state Sen. Patrick Flood (R) and U.S. Sen. Angus King (I) prior to the general election.[7][8]

Campaign media


Eliot Cutler ad: Jobs & the Economy

Eliot Cutler ad: Wait for Debates

Eliot Cutler ad: Angus King Endorsement

Race background

Paul LePage is running for a second term as governor in 2014.[9][10] The often divisive Republican is widely considered one of the most vulnerable gubernatorial incumbents facing re-election this year. Sources ranging from Governing, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, The Washington Post and Daily Kos have rated the 2014 Maine governor's race as a tossup.[11][12][13][14] In June 2013, after Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud launched his bid for the office, LePage briefly indicated interest in running for Michaud's seat in the U.S. House in 2014 as a way to avoid the risk of such a formidable challenge.[15][10] Though his threat of a congressional run amounted to nothing, LePage proved he is not impervious to the pessimism surrounding his re-election campaign.

On November 4, 2013, after establishing himself as the race's front-runner, Michaud disclosed in an op-ed column submitted to three of the state’s major news outlets that he is gay.[16] Michaud emphasized that his sexuality is irrelevant to his ability to perform as governor, if elected. He said he came out in response to "whisper campaigns" instigated by opponents in order to cast suspicion about his personal life.[17] The revelation puts Michaud in the running to become the first openly gay man or woman to be elected governor in the nation's history.

Campaign finance decision in district court

An August 22 decision by U.S. District Court judge D. Brock Hornby regarding campaign finance limits in Maine could lead to more money in the gubernatorial race. Hornby ruled that a group of four donors to the campaign of independent candidate Eliot Cutler could go beyond a $1,500 per person limit on general election contributions for unaffiliated candidates. Democratic and Republican candidates in Maine enjoy a higher contribution limit because they can max out the individual donation limit in the primary and general election reporting periods. Both major-party candidates did not face primary challenges this year, though the individual limit reset after the statewide primary on June 10.[18]

Attorneys representing the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices defended the contribution limits, citing their ability to reduce corrupt practices. The state's attorneys also argued that supporters can use PACs to support their preferred candidates. Hornby dismissed these arguments, noting that the current limitation treats contributors differently based on their political leanings. The decision left open the question of whether all donors to Cutler could contribute $3,000 ahead of the general election, or if the ruling focused on the four plaintiffs. The donors who brought the original lawsuit will also pursue further action to enshrine Hornby's decision into state law.[18]

The Maine Ethics Commission voted unanimously on August 27 to not enforce the $1,500 limit for each election, opting instead for a $3,000 per individual limit for this election cycle. The board's decision only applies to the 2014 election, and the Maine State Legislature would need to act for similar changes in future elections.[19]

2014 Maine gubernatorial election - Three-way race
Poll Mike Michaud (D) Paul LePage* (R)Eliot Cutler (I)Undecided or refusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research/National Education Association
(July 11-16, 2013)
40%31%26%3%+/-4.9400
Public Policy Polling
(August 23-25, 2013)
39%35%18%8%+/-3.2953
Maine People's Resource Center
(September 8-10, 2013)
40%34%16.8%9.1%+/-3.84652
Public Policy Poll
(November 8-11, 2013)
38%36%15%10%+/-3.2964
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research
(January 13-23, 2014)
45%32%18%5%+/--400
Public Policy Polling
(April 1-2, 2014)
44%37%14%5%+/--583
The Pan Atlantic SMS Group
(March 31- April 5, 2014)
37.3%38.6%20.3%3.7%+/-4.9400
Rasmussen Reports
(April 23-25, 2014)
40%40%14%6%+/-3.0830
Public Policy Polling
(May 5-6, 2014)
43%39%15%3%+/--754
Maine People's Resource Center
(July 26-28, 2014)
42.6%41.4%12.6%3.4%+/-3.47796
Rasmussen Reports
(September 3-4, 2014)
43%39%15%4%+/-4750
Public Policy Polling
(September 9, 2014)
43%42%11%4%+/-31,059
AVERAGES 41.24% 37.08% 16.31% 5.35% +/-2.21 711.75
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Note: An asterisk (*) is used to denote incumbent status

2014 Maine gubernatorial election - Two-way race
Poll Mike Michaud (D) Paul LePage* (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research/National Education Association
(July 11-16, 2013)
61%34%5%+/-4.9400
Public Policy Polling
(August 23-25, 2013)
54%39%7%+/-3.2953
Maine People's Resource Center
(September 8-10, 2013)
55.9%36.1%7.9%+/-3.84652
Public Policy Poll
(November 8-11, 2013)
53%39%8%+/-3.2964
Press Herald
(June 12-18, 2014)
51%44%4%+/-3.9625
AVERAGES 54.98% 38.42% 6.38% +/-3.81 718.8
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Note: An asterisk (*) is used to denote incumbent status

Hypothetical Match-up Poll
Poll Mike Michaud (D) Paul LePage* (R)Eliot Cutler (I)Margin of ErrorSample Size
Press Herald
(June 12-18, 2014)
40%36%15%+/-3.9625
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Note: An asterisk (*) is used to denote incumbent status

Hypothetical Match-up Poll
Poll Eliot Cutler (I) Paul LePage* (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Press Herald
(June 12-18, 2014)
50%38%9%+/-3.9625
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Note: An asterisk (*) is used to denote incumbent status


2010

See also: Maine gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Cutler faced Elizabeth Mitchell (D), Paul LePage (R), Kevin L. Scott (I) and Shawn H. Moody (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010.


Governor of Maine, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul LePage 37.6% 218,065
     Democratic Elizabeth Mitchell 18.8% 109,387
     Independent Eloit R. Cutler 35.9% 208,270
     Independent Shawn H. Moody 5% 28,756
     Independent Kevin L. Scott 1% 5,664
     Others Various 0.5% 2,624
     Blanks - 1.3% 7,772
Total Votes 580,538
Election Results Via: Maine Secretary of State

Campaign donors

2010

In an investigation, Maine Watchdog looked at the contributions to all Maine gubernatorial candidates and found that the largest share of Cutler’s financing came out of his own pocketbook at $925,000.00. His total contributions, as of October 2010, for the campaign were $1,355,000.00.[20]

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References

  1. Public Policy Polling, "Michaud leads in Maine gubernatorial race," August 27, 2013
  2. Bangor Daily News, "Independent Eliot Cutler announces run for governor in Bangor," September 24, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 On The Issues, "Eliot Cutler Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  4. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  5. Portland Press Herald, "Leery of third-place pattern, Democrats already have eyes on Blaine House," November 20, 2012
  6. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," March 4, 2013
  7. Maine Sun Journal, "Republican Flood throws support to independent Cutler in Maine governor's race," August 6, 2014
  8. Bangor Daily News, "King endorses fellow independent Cutler for Maine governor," August 19, 2014
  9. Maine Biz, "LePage eyes long-term goals, says 2014 run likely," May 8, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," March 4, 2013
  11. University of Virginia Center for Politics: Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," April 29, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "The Fix's top gubernatorial races," September 27, 2013
  13. Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections gubernatorial race ratings: Initial ratings for 2013-14," October 6, 2013
  14. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 12, 2012
  15. The Morning Sentinel, "LePage: Sorry if you were offended," June 24, 2013
  16. Portland Press Herald, "Rep. Michaud’s op-ed column: Yes, I’m gay. Now let’s get our state back on track," November 4, 2013
  17. Portland Press Herald, "Maine governor candidate Mike Michaud: I’m gay ," accessed November 4, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 The Bellingham Herald, "Judge: Cutler donors can increase contributions," August 22, 2014
  19. Bangor Daily News, "Maine Ethics Commission changes donor limit rule in governor’s race," August 27, 2014
  20. "Gubernatorial Contribution Analysis," Maine Watchdog, October 7, 2010