State Rep. Alex Willette (R) on Wednesday announced that he was dropping his bid for the GOP nomination. Willette: "I want to do what is best for my party and at this time I believe my resources and energy will be better spent helping Republicans win Maine's 2nd, working to keep the governor's mansion and retaking the majority in the Legislature. Therefore, I will be suspending my campaign for the 2nd Congressional District as of today." (Waterville Morning Sentinel)
Willette appears to be stepping aside as bigger name Republicans enter the race. Former state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin (R) announced this week that he's running for the seat, and former state Senate President Kevin Raye (R), the 2012 nominee, is considering running.
-- Kevin Brennan