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11:15 AM Update

It is official:  John Richardson, formerly has withdrawn from the race for Governor.  In an 11 AM Press Conference, Richardson outlined his departure was the result of failing to secure Maine Clean Elections financing for his race, after fraudulent submissions were made on the campaign’s behalf by three (3) circulators tasked with submitting $5 qualifying contributions.

Today’s statement validates the story broken over the weekend by PineTreePolitics.com. – M.A. B.

WLBZ-TV has a transcript of the statement

AUGUSTA, Maine—John Richardson, one of five Democratic candidates for Maine governor, has called a news conference after receiving notice he didn’t qualify for Clean Election Act funding.

Source: Boston.com

The anticipated Richardson departure from the Governor’s race, was origninally reported by Pine Tree Politics a political blog over the weekend.