Former Gov. John Baldacci will not run for Snowe’s U.S. Senate seat

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John Baldacci in 2010

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Former Gov. John Baldacci said Wednesday that he's not running for the U.S. Senate, saying he and his family don't want to leave Maine to move to Washington, where he previously served eight years in the U.S. House.

Baldacci became the third prominent Democrat to bow out of the race for a Senate seat that Democrats were given good odds of winning with the departure of Republican Olympia Snowe. U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud previously announced that they will defend their House seats rather than run for the Senate.

The 57-year-old Baldacci told The Associated Press that his family weighed into his decision. He said he wasn't prepared to move his family to Washington because his wife has a job in Bangor and his son is a student at the University of Maine. He also said he didn't like the idea of traveling back and forth.

"That's really what it came down to. You can take the boy out of Maine, but you can't take Maine out of the boy. It may be a shortcoming on my part, but it's one that I've embraced," said Baldacci, a Bangor native.

Baldacci served as governor from 2003 to 2011.

Snowe's announcement two weeks ago that she would not to seek a fourth term caused a scramble because candidates have only until Thursday to submit petitions for the June primary ballot.

Four other lesser-known Democrats previously announced they were running for the seat. On the GOP side, three candidates so far have submitted the 2,000 signatures necessary to get on the ballot.

Former independent Gov. Angus King is also running, making it a three-way race.

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Ann Power's picture


go home and stop disgracing the state meatball

GARY SAVARD's picture

I think his hacks told him

I think his hacks told him the truth...John, if you run, you will lose, game over.

Roger  Cyr's picture

not running

Good i would not have voted for him anyway....

Jason Theriault's picture


This fall, it's going to be the Dem JV vs a GOPer to be named later VS King....

Today will settle it.

Bob Wright's picture

The Democrats already have

The Democrats already have their candidate, Angus King.

Brian Allen Small's picture

At Last

In a world with nothing but seeming bad news alas some GREAT news! I see no need to state anything further.

Mike Lachance's picture

Here Here!

Here Here!


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