GOP Picks Constitutional Candidates 

(AP) – Maine’s majority Republicans have chosen their candidates for state attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer, virtually assuring their formal election after the new Legislature is sworn in Wednesday. Each carries a two-year term. In a party caucus Tuesday, Republicans nominated William Schneider, a former legislator and now assistant U.S. attorney, as attorney general. Schneider defeated outgoing state Sen. Douglas Smith of Dover-Foxcroft for the job. Bruce Poliquin, a 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate who’s headed a Wall Street investment management firm, was nominated for treasurer, defeating former Rep. David Bowles of Sanford. Charles Summers Jr. was the lone party choice for secretary of state. Summers is a former congressional candidate who also served two state Senate terms. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)