After just 17 days on the campaign trail, Penobscot County Treasurer John Hiatt has withdrawn from the Republican primary to unseat Democrat U.S. Rep. Jared Golden in November 2020.
Hiatt, a 36-year-old underdog candidate from Bangor who also serves on the Bangor School Committee, set himself apart by previously refusing to embrace President Trump. But on Thursday morning, he announced that he was exiting the race and endorsing one of the three other Republican candidates: former state Rep. Dale Crafts.
The two other candidates are Adrienne Bennett, a former spokesperson for Gov. Paul LePage, and former state Sen. Eric Brakey. Crafts, Bennett and Brakey are all more established figures in Maine politics who have been eager to embrace Trump. Crafts also has LePage’s endorsement.