AUGUSTA — State Sen. Cynthia Dill said she’s encouraged her campaign for Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate is peaking at the right time.
After Wednesday night’s WCSH-TV debate — the final of dozens of public forums since the campaign began in January — commentator Phil Harriman said Dill was “distancing herself” as a true progressive and “probably picked up some votes” based on her closing statement.
“I can’t tell you what Mr. Hinck or Mr. Dunlap had to say,” added Harriman, a former Maine senator.
Harriman and former Sen. Ethan Strimling offer regular political commentary on a Bangor Daily News video blog called “Agree to Disagree.”
In an appearance June 6 on WGAN 560 AM radio, Strimling said of Dill, “her supporters seem more passionate. …. If I had to put money on it … Dill, then Dunlap.” (8:03)
“I’ve been excited about the positive response to our campaign since the convention, especially in these final, key days,” Dill said. “We continue to be very optimistic about Maine’s future, our campaign, and our ability to win this nomination. Now we have to convert support into votes.”
Two independent polls have given Dill a lead: a Critical Insights poll showed she leads the field in name recognition in May, while a Maine People’s Resource Center poll showed Dill the favorite of 20.3 percent of those polled, with the next challenger at 16.7 percent, in April.