Herbert Hoffman’s campaign says it’s shocked and surprised by the court’s ruling, which effectively removes his name from the November ballot.
Hoffman attorney John Branson says the court ruled that a whole nominating petition page can be invalidated even if only one signature’s found to be problematic.
In effect, this pushes Hoffman’s signature total below the minimum needed to get his name on the ballot.
The Maine Democratic Party, which challenged Hoffman’s petitions, calls Monday’s ruling a victory for the rule of law.
Democrats were concerned that Hoffman would draw votes away from their party’s nominee, Rep. Tom Allen, who’s attempting to unseat Republican Sen. Susan Collins.