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Gov. Paul LePage told Maine Calling that he has no plans to endorse any of the candidates vying to replace him when his term expires next year.

LePage was asked by the Maine Public call-in program host Jennifer Rooks if he will back Republican candidate Shawn Moody. Lauren LePage, the governor's daughter, is working for Moody's campaign, as are former members of LePage's campaigns, including his top political advisor.

More than two-dozen candidates vying to replace Gov. Paul LePage provided a glimpse at their financial support Tuesday as they hit a key deadline to file a six-month review of their campaign donations and expenses with the Maine Ethics Commission.

The 13 Democratic contenders were led by Sanford attorney and veteran Adam Cote, Attorney General Janet Mills and former House Speaker Mark Eves. Republicans were led by businessman Shawn Moody, former Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew and Senate President Mike Thibodeau.

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree announced Tuesday that she’s not running for governor. The decision ends widespread speculation about her intentions and leaves intact a crowded field of 22 declared candidates, including 10 Democrats.

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage has a new reason to consider running for the Senate next year:  The Washington Post is reporting that President Trump has said he wants LePage to challenge Independent Sen. Angus King.  

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District is considering a run for governor, a move that could potentially send shockwaves through a crowded Democratic primary field.

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Gorham businessman Shawn Moody launched his second run for governor Tuesday, this time as a Republican.

Moody hit topics familiar to conservative audiences, including welfare, supporting veterans and a business approach to government.  Mainers are tired of just getting by," he said. "It's time to get ahead."

Moody, who finished fourth out of five candidates as an independent seven years ago, has enlisted several political advisors to Gov. Paul LePage to bolster his run.

This story was originally published at 3:22 p.m. ET on Nov. 6, 2017.

A longtime champion for the modernization of Maine’s economy is running for governor. Alan Caron says he will run as an independent, becoming the 18th candidate in the crowded field.

Although he has never run for office, Caron has been a fixture in Maine’s policy debates for decades. The Waterville native founded GrowSmart Maine and, more recently, Envision Maine, both aimed at convening politicians, businesses and nonprofits to find consensus on moving the economy forward.

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Republican Senate President Michael Thibodeau announced Tuesday that he's running for governor. Thibodeau announced his candidacy in a video ad highlighting his family business.

Thibodeau says the experience has helped him understand what is needed for Maine to have a robust economy.

"Not only that, but I understand how to get things done at the State House," he said. "I know how to work with people and have accomplishments to show for it."

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Green Party candidate Betsy Marsano today kicked off her campaign to win the party's nomination in Maine's 2018 governor's race.

The Waldo resident told reporters at a State House news conference Tuesday that Maine needs new leadership. Marsano has a long history of working on behalf of Green Party issues, particularly those aimed at improving the environment.

“We are a large state and a very small community," she said, "and it is that community that I will most approach and try to work with as I go forward in this campaign.”

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ROCKPORT, Maine — The pull of legacy and a chance to take the reins of state government were not enough to convince Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins to run for governor.

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Democratic state senator and former Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion is throwing his hat in the ring for the governor’s race.

At a press conference at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland on Thursday, he said Maine needs a governor who will lead through teamwork and persuasion, instead of provocation.

“Mine will be an administration that you can actually talk to. Will listen first and speak last. Will be an administration that will know priorities,” he said.

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Former independent gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody has enrolled as a Republican and is expected to launch his second bid for governor around Thanksgiving.

Moody announced his intentions an email to Maine Public on Tuesday.

The owner of Moody’s Collision Service first ran for governor in 2010, finishing fourth in a field that included three independents.

Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin's campaign is touting his fundraising numbers as Democrats announce plans to challenge him.
 
Poliquin political adviser Brent Littlefield says Poliquin raised nearly $450,000 in the last three months and ended September with over $1.5 million in cash on hand. Littlefield said Poliquin will file new campaign finance reports this week.
 

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Two days after the largest mass shooting in modern American history, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Betsy Sweet challenged Maine candidates and elected officials to refuse gun lobby money as an option for funding their campaigns.

“Today I am calling on all Maine candidates and elected officials to join me in refusing to take one penny of gun money from the gun lobby, so that we can have a real conversation on gun violence,” she said.

Speaking in Bangor, Sweet said commonsense gun laws need to be enacted at both at the state and federal levels.

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Lucas St. Clair, credited with helping persuade residents in the Millinocket region to support the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, now hopes he can convince Maine voters in the 2nd District to send him to Congress.

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