Leadership races under way for Maine House, Senate

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Even before a new governor and Legislature are elected, races for Maine House and Senate leadership posts are under way.

In the Senate, three Democratic contestants are prepared to seek the president’s post, while two Republicans are interested. In the House, where Democrats seem more likely to retain a majority, a two-way race for speaker is shaping up.

Filings with the state ethics commission show that more than a dozen political action committees connected to the leadership candidates have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. Money raised by the candidates generally gets funneled to larger, umbrella PACS, which parcel it out in competitive legislative races.

Donors represent a diverse array of special interests from insurance companies and unions to banks, cable companies and law firms.

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