The Maine Republican gubernatorial race to replace term-limited Gov. Paul LePage (R) got more crowded late this week. State Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason (R-Lisbon Falls) announced that he will run for Governor, joining former Health & Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew and state House Minority Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport) in the GOP primary. In the meantime, Sen. Susan Collins (R) says she will make her decision about running for Governor public sometime in early October.
The Mason candidacy now means three contenders are all vying for the most conservative part of the Maine Republican base. Splitting the vote this many ways could provide Sen. Collins a better opening to the nomination since conservative primary voters, a group not inclined to back the veteran US Senator, will be badly fractured. Nine Democrats, including Attorney General Janet Mills and former state House Speaker Mark Eves are actively running for the party nomination.
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