Maine's list for governor
FROM a field of 13 party hopefuls, Maine Republicans and Democrats settled on Susan Collins and Joe Brennan as their gubernatorial nominees this fall.Skip to next paragraph
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Ms. Collins is eager to build unity after defeating seven other Republicans on June 14 in her first bid for elective office. And Mr. Brennan, a former two-term governor and congressman, already is striving to shed the old-politics image that his opponents played up in the five-way Democratic primary. The winners of Tuesday's primaries will compete in November to succeed Republican Gov. John McKernan, who is barred by the state Constitution from seeking a third consecutive four-year term.
The major party nominees will face at least two independents in the general election in November: former public television talk-show host Angus King and Green Party activist Jonathan Carter.
Brennan had been considered the front-runner since he announced his candidacy last year because of his high visibility after a career in state politics that has spanned three decades. The Portland resident led the Democratic field in fund-raising, although King tapped his personal resources and spent more.
Implicitly at least, the other candidates portrayed Brennan as a throwback to the past and themselves as better alternatives.