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Alan Caron will decide whether to drop out from governor’s race after debates

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Independent candidate for governor Alan Caron onstage at a forum in Portland, Oct. 3, 2018.

An independent candidate for governor of Maine says he will make a decision about whether to stay in the race after the next couple of debates.

A spokesman for Alan Caron says the candidate is focused on preparing for debates scheduled for Thursday and Sunday. The spokesman, Tom Bell, says Caron will make a decision after the Sunday debate.

Polls show Caron trailing Republican businessman Shawn Moody and Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills significantly. Independent Terry Hayes, the state treasurer, is also lagging in polls.

Caron is under pressure to withdraw from the race, in part because of a pledge he made earlier to drop out if he could not win. Some Democrats have suggested that he and Hayes — both former Democrats — could play the role of spoilers, siphoning votes from Mills to allow Moody to win with less than 50 percent of the total votes cast.

Because Maine gubernatorial elections in recent decades have included more than two candidates, no winning candidate has won a majority of votes since 1998. Democrat John Baldacci won multicandidate races with less than 50 percent in 2002 and 2006, as did Republican Gov. Paul LePage in 2010 and 2014.

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