Former Maine lawmakers vying for a seat in Augusta

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — After a nearly five-decade career in the Maine Legislature that ended in a shocking defeat two years ago, it would seem that John Martin would be ready to enjoy some peace and quiet.

But this year, the 73-year-old Democrat from Eagle Lake, who served an unprecedented 10 terms as House speaker, is among dozens of former lawmakers who have been ousted from the Legislature by defeat or term limits and are vying to return.

5 things to know

Maine’s upcoming election:

GUBERNATORIAL DEJA VU

The race for Maine governor looks a lot like it did four years ago, when Republican Paul LePage narrowly beat independent Eliot Cutler, with Democrat Libby Mitchell coming in third. This time around, it’s LePage, Cutler and Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud who are facing off. Polls show LePage and Michaud close, with Cutler lagging by about 20 percentage points. The independent says he’s hopeful for another last-minute surge like in 2010, but Democrats are attempting to mobilize liberal support and resources behind Michaud early this time around.

LEGISLATIVE DEJA VU, TOO

Republicans are working to wrest control of the Legislature from Democrats, who retook majorities in both chambers in 2012. The candidates include former lawmakers, like John Martin, Bill Diamond, Les Fossel and Susan Morissette. Martin, who served 46 years in the Legislature before being defeated in 2012, said one of

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