Independent reshapes race to replace Snowe in Maine
Senate race and the canada goose clearance candidacy of a prominent independent have shaken up canada goose uk outlet a contest that once looked like canada goose a potential Democratic pickup after the retirement of moderate https://www.canadagoosejacketsalesca.co.uk Republican Olympia Snowe.
Senator Olympia Snowe (R ME) speaks to reporters during a news conference Canada Goose Coats On Sale which she held to explain why she would not be seeking re election for the Senate in Portland, Maine March 2, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
Snowe decision in February not to seek re election set off a scramble among potential candidates and canada goose factory sale complicated the Republican effort to wrest control of the Senate from Democrats in November elections.
Angus King, a former governor, announced on March 5 he planned to run for Canada Goose Parka the seat as an independent. A recent Canada Goose Outlet poll showed that King, who was governor from 1995 to 2003, could win a three way race. local time on Thursday to present the canada goose uk shop minimum of 2,000 signatures needed to compete in June primaries. Six buy canada goose jacket Republicans and three Democrats did so, according Canada Goose sale to the Maine Secretary of State Canada Goose online office. Most of the candidates are current or former state officials or lawmakers. representatives, Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud, had begun collecting signatures to run, but later canada goose coats changed their minds. Also declining to run was former two term Democratic Governor John Baldacci.
None of the Republicans running approaches the political stature or name cheap Canada Goose recognition of Snowe, who was expected to breeze to a fourth six year term despite worries uk canada goose among some party members she was not conservative enough.
Maine voted for Democrat Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election by an 18 point margin. senator, Susan Collins, is also a moderate.
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D ME) speaks to reporters during a press availabilty in Portland, Maine March 2, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
In announcing her decision to step down, Snowe rapped canadian goose jacket the of polarization in Congress and wondered whether much could be achieved Canada Goose Online with a new term.
It is unclear whether King, 67, known as a fiscal conservative and social moderate, would caucus with Democrats if elected senator. Senate majority, which includes two independents who caucus with them, Joe Lieberman canada goose black friday of Connecticut and Bernie Sanders canada goose clearance sale of Vermont.
King has been noncommittal, but the National Republican Senatorial Committee posted an ad on canada goose coats on sale YouTube implying he was a shadow Democrat pulled into buy canada goose jacket cheap the race by party canada goose store leaders, specifically Senator Chuck Schumer, as an alternative to more liberal Democrats like Pingree.
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As governor, King worked at times Canada Goose Jackets with a Democratic controlled House and a Republican Senate. He supported Obama in 2008 and has backed the president for re election but also favored Republican canada goose black friday sale George canada goose uk black friday W. Bush in 2000.
Public Policy Polling showed in early March that King might win a three way Senate race among a variety of Democratic and Republican challengers. The same survey showed King with a 62 percent favorable rating, well above others in the race.
Maine Democrats have painful memories of how an independent candidate can shake up a race. In 2010, Paul LePage, a conservative Republican, was elected governor with 38 percent of the vote when he narrowly beat Eliot Cutler, an independent, pushing the Democrat to a uk canada goose outlet distant third.