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Snowe’s Announcement Causes Shakeup in Maine

Sen. Olympia Snowe

Sen. Olympia Snowe (Photo credit: Talk Radio News Service)

Maine Republican Senator Olympia Snowe‘s decision to retire has caused a scramble among potential candidates just two weeks before a deadline to qualify for the primary.

Those who already announced they’re running could be joined by U.S. Representative Mike Michaud and former Governor John Baldacci. If Rep. Michaud runs, two of Maine’s four congressional seats would be up for grabs.

All candidates would have to send 2,000 signatures to the secretary of state’s office by March 15 to qualify for the ballot.

Governor Paul LePage has no plans to extend the deadline but would consider it if legislators introduced a bill to give candidates more time.

Sen. Snowe’s announcement creates one of the best opportunities nationwide for Democrats, who are struggling to keep control of the Senate with a 51-47 majority that includes two independents who caucus with them.

Via Huffington Post.

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