There was some movement Friday on the GOP side of the race to replace retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, with three Republicans retrieving nominating papers from the state. The Kennebec Journal:
Maine Secretary of State Charles Summers, State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin and ex-Maine Senate President Rick Bennett each took out papers early Friday afternoon, said Megan Sanborn, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office.
Assistant Maine Senate Majority Leader Deb Plowman, another Republican, said Friday she is also thinking about jumping into the race.
Plowman had already taken out papers to run against U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, in the 2nd District. But she appears to be reconsidering after Maine Senate President Kevin Raye opted against a Senate run to also try to win the 2nd District.
One source close to Poliquin says he is in. He ran for governor in 2010 and was later tapped by Gov. Paul LePage to be treasurer.
The filing deadline is March 15.