Saturday, April 19, 2014
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In this May 2013 file photo, U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud honored veterans, firefighters, police and emergency workers during a wreath-laying ceremony in Waterville. Michaud has raised more than $300,000 in donations since he announced a little more than two weeks ago that he is exploring a run for governor in 2014.
David Leaming / Waterville Sentinel
Eliot Cutler is again running for governor.
2010 Press Herald File Photo
Schmidt said the Maine Democratic Party has much at stake in this election. It was "freaked out" by its third-place finishes in the 2010 governor's race and last year's U.S. Senate race, in which Democrat Cynthia Dill won only 13 percent of the vote.
He said Maine Democrats must convince the Democratic National Committee, which coordinates fundraising and election strategy, that finishing third is not the "new normal" in Maine, and that races in the state are good investments of national campaign dollars.
LePage filed for re-election back in August 2011. According to campaign finance reports, the governor had raised $172,706 as of Dec. 31, 2012.
Brent Littlefield, a senior political adviser for LePage, said the governor never releases campaign contribution data before it is made public.
Littlefield said he's certain that Cutler will end up raising more money than LePage because Cutler is a millionaire who can fund his campaign. But he said it's unclear whether Michaud can raise as much money as LePage.
Littlefield said he expects a "fairly robust turnout" on Tuesday at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, where former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will appear at a fundraiser for LePage.
-- Washington Bureau Chief Kevin Miller contributed to this report.
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