Former Independent Maine Gov. Angus King will be the next US Senator from the state, replacing retiring Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe.
King bested Republican candidate and Secretary of State Charlie Summers and Democratic nominee state Sen. Cynthia Dill, in a race called early on Tuesday night by major television networks and the AP. King had been hitting nearly 50 percent in opinion polls before Election Day.
“Tonight the people of Maine have said, ‘Enough. This far and no farther. We respect political differences, but we want to move a little closer to the center, to solutions … to mutual respect.’ That’s the message of today’s election,” King told supporters as reported by the Portland Press-Herald. “Today, we got a little closer.”
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