Many Maine legislative races still in flux as 48 candidates drop out
By Greg Janetka
PORTLAND, Maine: Although Maine voters went to the polls a month ago to pick their candidates in the primary election, many of those voters will see different names on their general election ballot come November.
Candidates had until last Monday to withdraw from the ballot - something 48 took advantage of. Five of those - 3 Republicans and 2 Democrats - were running for the Senate, while 43 - 21 Democrats, 20 Republicans, and 2 Green Independents - were running for the House. Seeking to have no uncontested races, both major parties are now scrambling to fill up those seats. It is now up to local party committees to hold caucuses to nominate new candidates. They have until July 23 to name replacements.
The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 15 and the primary election day was June 12. A total of 35 seats are up for election in the Senate and 151 seats are up in the House.