Governor Baldacci Declines to Run for Senate

Maine’s Senate race continues to draw national attention, with the announcement that former Governor John Baldacci will not run against Angus King.

The Associated Press, in an article published in the Washington Post, Huffington Post and many other news outlets, describes Governor Baldacci as “the third prominent Democrat to bow out of the high-profile race.”

MPBN featured an interview with Governor Baldacci, in which he states that he’d rather stay in Maine than work in Washington, DC. He’s quoted as saying, “This is a decision that affects the family, and my family and I have decided that Maine is our home.”

The Bangor Daily News reports that Governor Baldacci made his announcement at a press conference on the steps of Bangor City Hall. The paper reported that major party candidates still in the race include Republicans Secretary of State Charlie Summers, Attorney General William Schneider, Treasurer Bruce Poliquin, Scott D’Amboise, former Senate President Rick Bennett and Senate Assistant Majority Leader Debra Plowman, and Democrats Rep. Jon Hinck, former Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, Sen. Cynthia Dill and home builder Benjamin Pollard.

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