Wednesday March 09, 2011 | 09:32 AM

There's more evidence in an item in the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call that Maine Democrats are waiting to see if Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, is roughed up in a GOP primary before committing to any 2012 challenge of the three-term senator.

Maine House Minority Leader Emily Cain told Roll Call that she probably won't run, acknowledging that it would be tough to take Snowe out, but did say she will keep an eye on the primary situation. Snowe is being challenged by two Tea Party movement affiliated candidates, Scott D'Amboise and Andrew Ian Dodge.

Cain is quoted in Roll Call saying: “I don’t think that will probably happen,” she said of a Senate run. “Mostly because I have a lot of work I’m focused on at the state level. There seems to be no doubt that Sen. Snowe will run for that seat. It’s also not a secret that she’d be tough for anybody to beat.”

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