By Tom Bell firstname.lastname@example.org
As of Thursday at 1 p.m., 19 candidates have taken out petitions to run for Maine's three available federal offices, according to the Maine Secretary of State's offcie. The office closed at 1 p.m. due to the snowstorm, so this is the largest the list will grow today.
PORTLAND — Sen. Olympia Snowe's retirement has started a game of political musical chairs, where high-profile politicians jockey for her seat, and more than a dozen others jockey for the seats below them.
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Olympia Snowe acknowledges the cheers of her supporters after claiming victory in her bid for re-election on 2000. Her retirement has set off a scramble for Maine's congressional seats.
2000 Press Herald File Photo/David MacDonald
GRAPHIC: How the political dominoes are falling
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 1 • Sen. Jon Courtney: (R)
• Sen. Cynthia Dill: (D) • Markham Gartley: (R) • Wellington Lyons: (D) • David Costa: (D) • David Lemoine: (D) • Rep. Jon Hinck: (D) • Sen. Barry Hobbins: (D) • John Vedral: (R) CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 2 • Rep. Emily Cain: (D) • Bruce Bryant: (D) • Matthew Dunlap: (D) • Sen. Deb Plowman: (R) UNITED STATES SENATE • John Baldacci: (D) • U.S. Rep. Michaud: (D) • Aaron Marston (U) • U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D)
• Scott D'Amboise (R) • Andrew Ian Dodge (U)