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When Republican U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe announced in early 2012 that she would not run for re-election, the best-known candidate to enter the field was former Gov. Angus King, who served two terms as an independent and opted to keep that label in the Senate race. He faced Democrat Cynthia Dill, who got no support from her party, and Republican Charles Summers in the general election. King took 53 percent of the vote to 31 percent for Summers and 13 percent for Dill. This cycle, King will get a less challenging contest than he did six years ago. The filing deadline closed March 15, producing a presumptive Democratic nominee in teacher Zak Ringelstein and a two-way GOP primary between state Sen. Eric Brakey and financial planner Max Linn. (At this writing, Brakey is challenging Linn’s eligibility). None of these candidates poses a serious threat to King. As such, the race is now rated as Solid Independent.


When Congress reconvened in early January, former Lt. Gov. Tina Smith

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