PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe's decision not to seek a fourth term is causing a scramble among potential Democratic and Republican candidates just two weeks before a deadline to qualify for the June primary ballot.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he won't seek to extend the deadline but won't rule it out if lawmakers introduce a bill to give candidates more time.
Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree said Wednesday that she's already collecting signatures. Her Democratic House colleague, Rep. Mike Michaud, picked up petitions from the secretary of state's office. Former Democratic Gov. John Baldacci is also weighing a run.
On the Republican side, Scott D'Amboise is the only candidate for now. But Secretary of State Charlie Summers and Maine Senate President Kevin Raye are both considering getting into the race.
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