FALMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The race for Governor in Maine just got a bit smaller.
Falmouth businessman and town council chairman Steve Woods announced he is dropping out of the running. Woods ran for US Senate as an independent in 2012 and had said earlier he would seek the Democratic nomination for Governor in the 2014 race. Today he threw his support behind fellow Democrat Mike Michaud.
"The news coming out of this event today should not be about quitting, dropping out or getting out of a political race. The focus should be less about Mike or myself and more about the current hardships and future quality of life for 1-point -3 million Mainers", Woods said.
Provided no one else seeks the nomination, Michaud says it will be beneficial not having to go through a primary election. He says he still has to fulfill his duties as a US Congressman and can concentrate his time and money on the 2014 general election. In that race he's expected to face Independent Eliot Cutler, who has yet to formally announce his bid and the incumbent Republican Paul Lepage who tells supporters he's running but who also has yet to make it official.