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Maine Governor Paul LePage’s bombast leaves him vulnerable, but three-way race gives him hope

Governor Paul LePage (left) faces challenges from Representative Michael Michaud and Eliot Cutler.
Governor Paul LePage (left) faces challenges from Representative Michael Michaud and Eliot Cutler.

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AUGUSTA, Maine – He has compared the IRS to the Gestapo, accused a political enemy of having “no brains” and a “black heart,” and said critics of his decision to skip an NAACP event should “kiss my butt.” Governor Paul LePage’s tough-guy act may be wearing thin after more than three years in office. The Republican, elected with 38.3 percent of the vote in a five-way race amid a Tea Party wave, has become one of the most endangered incumbent governors in the country, with weak approval ratings and a deficit in the polls.

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