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Maine Republicans who want to challenge Angus King trade fraud accusations

Lawyers and witnesses for two Republicans vying to unseat Angus King in the U.S. Senate traded accusations of sabotage and fraud Thursday during a quasi-judicial hearing that could result in one of them being thrown out of the race.

Eric Brakey, a state senator from Auburn, and Max Linn, a financial planner from Bar Harbor, are competing for the Republican nomination to run against King in the November election. Both had their ballot access petitions certified by Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap earlier this month, but that’s when controversy erupted.

First, Brakey’s campaign alleged that the Linn campaign’s petitions included dozens of fraudulent signatures, including several from people who are dead.

Then a Linn supporter levied a counter-claim that a notary for some of Brakey’s signatures was a convicted felon. The latter charge was dropped prior to an hours-long hearing Thursday with Dunlap, which focused on Linn’s signatures.

Candidates for U.S. Senate must collect at least 2,000 verified signatures to qualify for the ballot. Joshua Tardy, an attorney for Brakey, argued that all of Linn’s signatures should be disqualified because of “fraudulent conduct that implicated the petition circulators and is systemic through the entirety of the Linn campaign team.”

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