A Summer 2017 Update on Maine Politics

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Fall 2017


Maine’s 2016 elections brought a good deal of change that attracted national attention, including its casting an electoral vote for a Republican for the first time since 1988. Maine’s ballot initiatives brought new policies that attracted widespread attention as well. But what did not change is how Governor Paul LePage has found himself at loggerheads with the state legislature, and also with voters over their choices in the 2016 election. In fact, while a lot of change may have seemed to be in the air both during and after the election, so far what’s remarkable is what hasn’t changed—with the notable exception of Maine’s vote for president.

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New England Journal of Political Science