Friday, December 6, 2013
The scramble is on (again) for the U.S. Senate.
On Wednesday, Republican Charlie Summers and Democrat Cynthia Dill celebrated their victories in Tuesday’s primary by answering questions from the national media, among other things.
Dill, for example, faced questions about whether she will get any support from the national Democratic party as she heads into the general election campaign. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray wasn’t saying in this article by The Hill.
Not to be ignored, Angus King held a press conference to call on his newly nominated opponents to reject the influence of third-party campaign spending.
Two other independents who will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot also didn’t want to be left out of the media flurry Wednesday.
Andrew Ian Dodge of Harpswell issued a news release congratulating Summers and Dill for overcoming their more well-heeled opponents.
Steve Woods of Yarmouth announced he was endorsing Angus King, but will stay in the race and try to beat him just the same.
Meanwhile, a third independent, Danny Dalton of Bath, still hasn’t made a peep.
And, not to be forgotten, Democrat Benjamin Pollard, who lost with 8 percent of the vote Tuesday, announced he will keep running anyway as a write-in candidate for the Senate seat.
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