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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Former Maine Senate President Kevin Raye says he's running for Maine's open 2nd Congressional District Seat and plans a formal announcement after Labor Day.

Earlier this week, former Republican state treasurer Bruce Poliquin announced his candidacy. Raye, also a Republican, said at the time he wasn't ready to make an announcement. But he confirmed Thursday to The Portland Press Herald that he intends to run. Also in the race is Republican Blaine Richardson of Belfast.

FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) _ Democrat Mike Michaud's only primary challenger is dropping out of the governor's race, clearing Michaud's path to his party's nomination.

Steve Woods, a Democratic businessman and Town Council chairman in Yarmouth, said Wednesday he's ending his campaign and throwing his support behind the congressman from Maine's 2nd District.

Woods was the first candidate to announce his campaign, gathered with Michaud gathered for his announcement at Woods' marketing and event-planning business, TideSmart, outside Portland.

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