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Primary Controversy Prompts Snowe Challenger to Drop out of GOP, Dodge to Run as Indy…

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From Maine Public Broadcasting:

Andrew Ian Dodge says he’s not happy with the way the GOP caucuses were handled and he now plans to run for Sen. Olympia Snowe’s seat as an independent.

Andrew Ian Dodge says he’s giving up his Republican primary challenge against Sen. Olympia Snowe. Dodge, a former tea party activist, told the Lewiston Sun Journal that he’s dropping out of the Republican Party and will run for the Senate seat as an independent.

Dodge, 43, told the paper he decided to leave the party because he wasn’t happy with the way the GOP caucuses were handled. He accused state GOP Party chair Charlie Webster of having a “patronizing attitude” toward those who complained.

Some party members were unhappy that Webster declared Mitt Romney the winner of Maine’s non-biding straw poll before all of the votes had been counted. Dodge told the paper he didn’t buy Webster’s explanation that some of the votes had been lost in his e-mail spam folder.

But Dodge was fighting a steep uphill battle against Snowe. He had yet to raise enough money to file a campaign finance report with the Federal Election Commission, the paper reports, and it’s not clear whether he had gathered the minimum 2,000 signatures needed to get on the June ballot. As an independent, Dodge has until June to collect 4,000 signatures to get on the November ballot.

Dodge was one of two candidates who had sought to challenge Snowe in the GOP primary. Scott D’Amboise of Lisbon Falls is now Snowe’s only challenger in the contest.