Thursday July 14, 2011 | 11:36 AM

National Republicans are promoting a story by the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call speculating that Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd, could be vulnerable to a GOP challenge when he runs next year for a fith term.

The story quotes Maine state Senate President Kevin Raye, a former chief of staff to Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, as expressing interest in a possible run against Michaud.

It wouldn't seem to be an easy task to take on Michaud.

Michaud comfortably won reelection in 2010 with 55 percent of the vote, in a bad year for Democrats. Barack Obama won Michaud's district - though the district will be at least slightly different in 2012 after Maine's two congressional districts are realigned - in 2008 with 55 percent of the vote. And in that last presidential election year Michaud won 67 percent of the vote.


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