December 19, 2014
Brian Duff, Ph.D., chair and associate professor in the Department of Political Science, was quoted in a December 19, 2014 article in the Portland Press Herald, which focused on campaign spending in Maine’s recent gubernatorial race.
With the incumbent and winner, Paul LePage, spending only $1.9 million on his re-election, the two other candidates spent approximately $3 million each.
Duff noted that because the race was unique with three -- rather than two -- contenders, the typical pattern in which the candidate who spends the most is the winner was not upheld.
"This was in no way a typical governor’s race," he stated. "The typical rules don’t apply, including that whoever has the most money is at an advantage."