National Democrats Missing Maine’s Race For Governor
In a video email sent out to supporters of Organizing for America last night, David Plouffe laid out a Democratic strategy for November that doesn't include Maine.
Plouffe is the former manager of the Obama presidential campaign and is plotting strategy for OFA, the Obama campaign's successor organization now housed at the Democratic National Committee. In the video, Ploufe mentions that there will be "a couple dozen" close gubernatorial races across the country, then shows a map highlighting twenty-four of the thirty-seven states that will elect governors in November. Maine is left blank.
This lack of attention comes despite most independent pundits labeling Maine's gubernatorial race as one of the most competitive in the country. Political statistician Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight.com (now a part of the New York Times), for instance, predicts Maine will see one of the five closest gubernatorial elections in the nation.
It's not yet clear how heavily other national political and party organizations will weigh in on the Maine race. The RNC is having some financial problems, but a network of other conservative groups seem to be picking up the slack.
The Republican Governors Association has shown some interest in Maine and made news early in the campaign with their use of trackers to follow and record the Democratic and independent candidates. The Democratic Governors Association put out some releases attacking Republicans during the primary (and quoting yours truly).
If the race is close, expect national groups to make their presence felt. Maine is a cheap state and with Mitchell limited in spending by her Clean Elections campaign and LePage's history of lackluster fundraising, there may be lots of room for them to step in, especially with paid advertising.