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Former Gov. John Baldacci said Wednesday that he won't run for the U.S. Senate, becoming the third prominent Democrat to bow out of the high-profile race for a Senate seat that Democrats were given good odds of winning following Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe's decision to retire.
And without deeper pockets and a widely recognized candidate, the Democratic Party runs the risk of finishing third in a three-way race, as it did in 2010 when Republican Paul LePage was elected governor, followed by independent Eliot Cutler and Democrat Libby Mitchell, Mr. Strimling said.
Without such better-known candidates, Democratic donors might be less likely to invest heavily in the race, hurting Democrats' prospects for winning the seat in November, said Ethan Strimling, a political analyst and Democratic activist in Portland.