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Snowe’s retirement leaves Senate Dems with tough decision
The Hill ^ | April 29, 2012 | Josh Lederman

Posted on 04/29/2012 8:59:22 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued

Democrats looking to replace retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) in Maine have a delicate decision to make.

If they back independent former Gov. Angus King, who stands the best chance at winning, they risk the appearance of having abandoned their own party's candidates.

But if they support one of the four Democrats competing in the primary, they risk siphoning votes away from King and handing the seat back to Republicans.

Looming over the race is the lingering question about which party King will caucus with if elected to the Senate. King has steadfastly refused to say with which party he’ll cast his lot, a silence that some of his opponents claim deprives voters of the information they need to cast an informed ballot.

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For Republicans, the situation created by Snowe’s retirement is equally precarious. Senate Republicans didn’t expect to have to defend this seat — one that could determine the balance of power in a closely divided Senate come November.

And with King in the race, the GOP’s options are limited.

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Maine
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1 posted on 04/29/2012 8:59:28 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

I am fine with their dilemma


2 posted on 04/29/2012 9:02:54 AM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: maine-iac7; mainerforglobalwarming; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; ...

This is an awkward situation for both parties, but more so for conservatives, as Angus King is more liberal than conservative though to the right of most DemocRATS. Republicans need to watch this race closely. Independents tend to peak early and fade as the election approaches.


3 posted on 04/29/2012 9:04:33 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A liberal's compassion is limited to the size of other peoples' paychecks)
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To: Clintonfatigued

What is King’s position on Obamacare?


4 posted on 04/29/2012 9:11:21 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: Clintonfatigued

nearly anything is better than snowe


5 posted on 04/29/2012 9:17:41 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: Joe Boucher

Except for a Dem. Yes, I know she is practically Democrat. But she had an R by her name and counted toward the total for control of the Senate and the Committees.


6 posted on 04/29/2012 9:21:44 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Clintonfatigued

The Maine I knew as a boy was fiercely independent. I don’t know what happened to them over the years. But the chances of electing a real conservative are just about zero.


7 posted on 04/29/2012 9:34:55 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Look to the Governor’s race in Maine and be encouraged. Doesn’t anyone have any courage for their convictions. If your in the middle all the time your like a wet dishcloth that lays around and smells.
Who’s the Tea Party candidate??
It seems to me that most articles written in the media are designed to cast doubt on a Republican with conservative tendancies. Nonsense!!!


8 posted on 04/29/2012 9:37:04 AM PDT by bramps
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To: originalbuckeye
But she had an R by her name and counted toward the total for control of the Senate and the Committees.

Well in THAT case let's make sure we get an (R) then, even if it's a Kennedy!

ROTF!

Must have those (R)'s at any cost!

It's that kind of thinking that has given us our progressive government.

He!!, even Snarlin' Arlen was an (R) at one time.

Wow, what an asset he was too!

9 posted on 04/29/2012 9:46:11 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Angus King will be just another tally in the column for Harry Reid. Hopefully they do split the vote and a conservative wins.


10 posted on 04/29/2012 9:49:22 AM PDT by MovementConservative (Go Mariners! 2013!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Defend what seat? The Slam Sisters are Demonrats!


11 posted on 04/29/2012 9:52:57 AM PDT by acapesket
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To: Clintonfatigued
"King has steadfastly refused to say with which party he’ll cast his lot"

Typical 'rat.

12 posted on 04/29/2012 10:15:06 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Cicero

Chock full of Massholes now! They have poisoned everywhere!


13 posted on 04/29/2012 10:17:59 AM PDT by acapesket
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To: originalbuckeye

You are absolutely correct, I just have a problem with those who you never know when they will stab you in the groin with a #2 pencil, you just know they are and this skank is one of those.


14 posted on 04/29/2012 10:31:18 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: Clintonfatigued

That’s a laugh, the Dems having to decide to support an independent named Anus.


15 posted on 04/29/2012 10:36:50 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Da Bro' Gotsta Go!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Destroy King in the general election by painting him as selling his loyalty for money, power and prestige.

If his loyalty to a party is for sale, so is his loyalty to Maine.


16 posted on 04/29/2012 11:04:59 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Just please, give us at least one good break.
Give us a good Constitution loving Republican.


17 posted on 04/29/2012 11:19:10 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Anyone not wanting an ID or purple thumb to vote isn't worthy of voting privilege.)
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To: Joe Boucher
I agree with you. But Snowe occasionally did the right thing and a Dem will NEVER do the right thing. I would rather be 50% right than 100% wrong. Can a Constitutional Republican win in Maine? If so, then go for it. But I fear, like Massachusetts, only a RINO can take the seat in Maine. But I have never lived in Maine. I did live in Massachusetts at one time. Brown is as right-wing as you will get in MA.
18 posted on 04/29/2012 12:15:31 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: originalbuckeye

3 months in winter of 71 in Green Harbor.
Freaken cold living on the beach during the winter don’t ya know??


19 posted on 04/29/2012 2:38:42 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: KansasGirl; Joe Boucher; Clintonfatigued; campaignPete R-CT; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; ...

I don’t know but he’s for Obama and was in 2008 as well.

He’s to the left of Snowe and will vote with the rats to control the Senate.

Ironically we need the official democrat to get as many votes as possible cause those votes will come directly out of King’s hide. What a world!


20 posted on 04/29/2012 11:42:28 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

So just cause the guy in the elevator looks like Merv Griffin ... no reasone he should gamerdsfelder!

*yikes*

21 posted on 04/29/2012 11:50:59 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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