Hoffman Challenge Rejected 

Justice Donald Marden ruled on Monday that secretary of state Matthew Dunlap’s decision to put Hoffman on the ballot was &quot:not an abuse of discretion, contrary to law or based upon findings not supported by the evidence.&quot:

The Maine Democratic Party has argued that Hoffman should be kicked off the November ballot, alleging that he violated rules for gathering nominating petition signatures.

Democrats are concerned that Hoffman could draw votes away from their party’s senate nominee, Rep. Tom Allen, in his effort to unseat Republican incumbent Sen. Susan Collins.