AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The deadline's passed for legislative candidates to withdraw from their races, leaving 48 slots for Maine House and Senate seats open.
Now the push is on by the political parties to fill the openings for the highly competitive battle for control of the State House that will be decided by voters in November.
As of Monday's 5 p.m. deadline for withdrawing, five state Senate candidates - three Republicans and two Democrats - had dropped out.
Of the House candidates, 21 Democrats, 20 Republicans and two Green Independents have decided not to run. Now, the parties have until July 23 to nominate replacements for those who've withdrawn. That process is well under way, as local party committees gather to select replacements.
The parties are vowing to field full slates of candidates.
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