Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) will make his campaign for governor official Thursday, giving Democrats a capable contender for a three-way race that includes unpopular Republican Gov. Paul LePage.
Two Democrats familiar with Michaud's thinking confirmed Wednesday that the congressman will announce Thursday in Lewiston that he is running. It's by no means a surprising move, as Michaud announced an exploratory committee in June.
In addition to Michaud and LePage, a third candidate is running. That candidate is Eliot Cutler, an independent who nearly beat LePage in an open 2010 race. Cutler's politics are much closer to Michaud's than LePage's, something that threatens to complicate Democratic efforts to unseat the Republican incumbent.
The Associated Press first reported Michaud's Thursday plans to announce his candidacy.