- Associated Press - Friday, July 4, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - In a story July 3 about a Maine U.S. Senate seat, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Democratic candidate Shenna Bellows is going to debate Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins 10 times. Bellows is seeking to debate Collins 10 times.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Bellows seeks 10 debates with US Sen. Collins

Democratic candidate Bellows seeks 10 debates with Republican US Sen. Collins

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Democratic candidate Shenna Bellows is seeking to debate Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins 10 times in the race for a U.S. Senate seat.

The former head of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine said in a letter to Collins on Thursday that voters would benefit from 10 debates, the number Collins and Rep. Tom Allen did in the 2008 campaign.

Bellows says “voter confidence in Congress is at a near-record low” and Maine residents need to hear directly from the candidates “unfiltered by spin.”

Collins spokesman Lance Dutson says her team looks forward to the campaign beginning “in earnest this fall” and to possible debates. He says in a letter to Bellows debates must be planned around Collins’ Senate schedule.

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