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Release: Hayes Campaign Responds to Latest Hyper-partisan GOP Attack

A new poll shows support for Hayes ticking up while Moody’s numbers are trending downward

October 9, 2018

A new poll shows support for Hayes ticking up while Moody’s numbers are trending downward

AUBURN, MAINE -- The Maine Republican Party is out with its latest hyper-partisan attack ad that makes false claims about independent Terry Hayes’ centrist record as a no-nonsense, non-partisan leader in Augusta (available here).

In keeping with her commitment to civility, Terry responded by saying, “Maine politics has become all about partisan fighting and keeping score. I’m running for Governor to offer Mainers a better choice. I have never participated in a negative ad, and I never will.”

The Hayes for Maine campaign has rolled out endorsements from prominent Republicans and former lawmakers across Maine over the last several weeks, including: Sen. Linda Baker, former State Senator (R-Topsham); Hon. Kerri Bickford, former State Representative (R-Topsham); Hon. David Cotta, former State Representative (R-China); Hon. Dean Cray, former State Representative (R-Palmyra); Hon. Gary Knight, former State Representative (R-Livermore Falls); and, Hon. Windol Weaver, former State Representative (R-York). The most recent list of public endorsements is available here.

Actions speak louder than words. Conservatives support Terry Hayes because she has talked the talk and walked the walk on fiscal responsibility. As State Treasurer, Terry worked with a Republican Governor and lawmakers in both parties to put Maine’s fiscal house in order.

Hayes added, “My policies on lowering health care costs and growing Maine's economy while also protecting our environment draw on the best ideas of Democrats, Republicans, and independents and are available on my website at HayesForMaine.com.”

Hayes for Maine campaign manager Kyle Bailey noted that, “GOP party insiders in Augusta must be looking at the same internal polling numbers as our campaign. Support for Terry is ticking up while Moody’s numbers are trending downward.”

A poll conducted by Slingshot Strategies for the Hayes for Maine campaign at the end of September found that Hayes was the second choice of more than half of all Maine voters, with broad-based support from both Republicans (57%) and Democrats (48%).

The poll also showed the horse race for Governor shifting, with Janet Mills at 41% (up 2 points from August polling), Shawn Moody at 33% (down 6 points), and Terry Hayes climbing to 10% (up 6 points). 65% of voters believe it is important to elect more independents to statewide office in Maine. Moody was viewed least positively out of all three candidates, with 40% of voters unfavorable towards him and only 42% favorable.

Slingshot Strategies surveyed 600 likely general election voters from September 26-30th.


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