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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- As debate season looms, the candidates vying for Maine governor and 2nd Congressional District are squabbling over who should be included.

In the three-way gubernatorial race, Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud's campaign says he won't attend one without the presence of Republican Gov. Paul LePage because he's the one Michaud is trying to unseat.

Democrats have sought to marginalize independent Eliot Cutler, a former Democrat, and push the narrative that Michaud is in a two-way race.

Meanwhile, in the 2nd District, Republican Bruce Poliquin's campaign wants to set criteria that could prevent former Republican Blaine Richardson, an independent, from participating in debates.

Richardson and Democratic hopeful Emily Cain said Thursday that it's a disservice to Maine voters if they can't hear from all three candidates.

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