Blaine Richardson, who had been seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. House in Maine’s 2nd district, has announced that he will not run in the primary, but will run in the general election as an independent. The seat is open, because the incumbent Democrat is running for Governor. Richardson is a retired Navy Captain and owner of a construction company.
Although probably most people think of Maine as a state with lots of independent candidates, there hasn’t been an independent or minor party candidate on the Maine general election ballot for U.S. House since 2006. Maine and Georgia are the only states that have had a Republican-Democratic monopoly on the ballot for U.S. House in each of the last three congressional elections. Thanks to Independent Political Report for this news.