Baldacci: More likely than not to run for governor

10:03 PM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - It's looking like Maine will once again have a three way race for Governor next year. Republican Governor Paul LePage has already registered as a candidate, although he hasn't yet said if he will actually run.

And former Democratic Governor John Baldacci told NEWS CENTER'S Don Carrigan today he is seriously considering running again.

Baldacci worked a year at the Pentagon after his second term as Governor, and is currently working as a consultant with the Pierce Atwood law firm in Portland. But Baldacci says he's worried about the divisive atmosphere in Augusta, and says he thinks Governor LePage's methods are hurting Maine and bad for business. Baldacci says that's why he considering a run for Governor in 2014, and at the money it is "more likely than not" that he will enter the race.

Baldacci says he is having discussions with a variety of people and will make a decision by April.

Meanwhile, former independent candidate Eliot Cutler - who came in second in the 2010 race for Governor - is also giving serious thought to throwing his hat into the ring. Cutler filed paperwork with the state today to officially form a campaign, in order to raise and spend money. Cutler's spokesman, Ted O'Meara, says there has not been a definite decision yet whether he will run.

However, O'Meara also said it is "more likely than not" that Cutler will enter the race.

A poll released this week by Public Policy Polling shows a three way race between Cytler, Baldacci and Paul LePage would be won by LePage...a similar scenario to what happened in 2010. However, that same poll showed Baldacci would defeat LePage in a two-way race.


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