Democrat says he’ll remain in race as write-in

Democrat Benjamin Pollard of Portland said Wednesday he will run as a write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate after Cynthia Dill won Maine’s Democratic primary election Tuesday.

Pollard, a Portland homebuilder, says he will continue his campaign because he believes it would be in the best interests of Maine to elect a moderate Democrat who would work to reform the Democratic Party and cooperate with Republicans in the Senate. 

Independent candidate endorses his rival

Independent Senate candidate Steve Woods says he’s endorsing the candidacy of Angus King, but that doesn’t mean Woods won’t be trying to beat him in November.

Woods, a Falmouth businessman and Yarmouth town councilor issued a statement Wednesday praising King after the two met at King’s campaign headquarters in Brunswick. He said he’s endorsing King not because he thinks King can do a better job but because he admires the former two-term governor, describing him as “more politically astute than Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan combined.”

But Woods hopes to beat him in November.

Woods also proposed an agreement to prevent a spoiler. He proposed that either candidate would drop out and endorse the other if one trails the other by 10 percentage points a week before the election.