Maine Republican gubernatorial nominee Paul LePage couldn’t possibly have been more upfront this year about his advocacy for putting creationism in public schools. Asked “Do you believe in creationism, and do you think it should be taught in Maine public schools?”, LePage’s complete response was, “I would say intelligence, uh, the more education you have the more knowledge you have the better person you are and I believe yes and yes.”
Surely in this day and age, you may be saying to yourself, a state like Maine in liberal New England would never put a creationist in charge of state government. Such a candidate must be far behind in the polls, right?
Wrong. According to the latest poll numbers released by Rasmussen, Paul LePage is favored by 43% of likely Maine voters, Democratic nominee Elizabeth Mitchell is favored by 36% and independent Eliot Cutler is the favorite of 7%. LePage’s lead is outside the poll’s margin of error.