Independent ex-governor Angus King could throw wrench in Maine Senate race

Governor Angus S. King, Jr.
Governor Angus S. King, Jr.


By: Aaron Blake

Posted: March 5th, 2012

Former independent Maine governor Angus King will announce Monday night whether he will run for the state’s open Senate seat, potentially adding a major variable in the race to succeed retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).

Multiple media reports, citing anonymous sources, have said King will indeed run for Snowe’s seat. King himself has not confirmed it, and his former campaign manager, Kay Rand, told The Fix: “This is his announcement to make, not mine.”

King, who served two terms in the governor’s mansion between 1995 and 2003, was extremely popular during his time in office. And in 1998, he was reelected with 59 percent of the vote despite facing both a Democrat and a Republican.

He also has personal wealth which he can use to fund a campaign — a hurdle most independent candidates face.

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