One of Maine’s three constitutional officers seeking the state Republican Party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate race said Friday he would resign his state office if he wins the GOP primary.

Attorney General William Schneider said Friday he believes the right thing to do would be to step down and focus on his campaign, rather than juggle that with the important duties he’s sworn to perform for the state as its top lawyer.

“It simply will not be possible to give my constitutional office the attention it needs while running a winning, statewide campaign for the United States Senate,” Schneider said.

The announcement fetched a positive response from some of Schneider’s supporters, including state Rep. Dennis Keschl, R-Belgrade.

“As a citizen, I appreciate the consideration he is giving to his constitutional obligations,” Keschl said in a prepared statement Friday. “And as a Republican seeking re-election to the Legislature, I welcome the commitment he is making to the general election Senate campaign and the support he will provide to all Republicans from the top of the ticket.”

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