Last day for presidential hopefuls to file for Maine primary

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The deadline has arrived for 2020 presidential hopefuls to file to participate in Maine's March primary.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill earlier this year that changed Maine's nominating process from a caucus to a primary. Monday is the final day for candidates to file a certification to appear on the ballot, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said.

The primary is scheduled for March 3. Candidates needed to circulate petitions and submit at least 2,000 signatures of registered voters who are enrolled in their party by 5 p.m. on Monday.

Democrats who had already filed in Maine by midday Monday included former Vice President Joe Biden; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; entrepreneur Andrew Yang; and author Marianne Williamson.

The only Republican scheduled to be on the ballot as of mid-day Monday was President Donald Trump.