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Maine voters seek female senator _ enter King

By Steve Peoples

Associated Press

Published: Monday, April 16 2012 2:01 a.m. MDT

In this April 9, 2012, photo, Angus King, independent candidate for the U. S. Senate, speaks to supporters as he officially opens his campaign office in Brunswick, Maine. King has a woman problem. He’s not one. The popular former governor is the undisputed front-runner in the campaign to replace retiring Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe, the state’s most powerful female voice in a generation. But beneath the 68-year-old businessman’s popularity is a stark political reality: For many Maine women, King is not their first choice. And this election, perhaps more than any other, underscores the sometimes conflicting priorities for a Democratic Party struggling to beat back a Republican takeover of the Senate.

Pat Wellenbach, Associated Press

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Independent Senate candidate Angus King of Maine has a woman problem. He's not one.

The popular former governor is the undisputed front-runner in the campaign to replace retiring Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe, the state's most powerful female voice in a generation.

But beneath the 68-year-old businessman's popularity is a stark political reality: For many Maine women, King is not their first choice. And this election, perhaps more than any other, underscores the sometimes conflicting priorities for a Democratic Party struggling to beat back a Republican takeover of the Senate.

Democrats are betting big on women in elections across the nation. King needs to court them in Maine.

He's working against a proud local tradition that has sent a Maine woman to the Senate in seven of the last eight decades.

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