November 6, 2012

King wins Maine's pivotal U.S. Senate seat

The 68-year-old, Harley Davidson-riding, politically independent former two-term governor weathered a storm of negative television ads from out-of-state groups trying to elect a Republican majority to the Senate.

By John Richardson
Staff Writer

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Angus King waves to supporters as he takes the stage in Freeport on Tuesday night after being declared the winner for the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Olympia Snowe.

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Angus King supporters cheer in Freeport on Tuesday night upon seeing CNN call Angus King the winner of the U.S. Senate race in Maine.

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Cynthia Hudson said she voted for Democrats for the most part.

"I decided to go with party lines. I'm sick and tired of the filibustering and I'm going to make my party as strong as possible," said Hudson, a Democrat.

But Hudson voted also for Angus King in the U.S. Senate race.

"I don't agree with everything he does and says, but he's a businessman and he's a known quantity. I want new people in Washington," she said.

Ray Waite, a 62-year-old lobsterman from Yarmouth, said he usually votes for Republicans, but voted for King because he would "do what’s best for the country rather than what’s best for a party and special interests.”

Ann Casady, a 58-year-old graphic designer from Yarmouth, said she voted for King because Dill is not politically viable.

“I am a die-hard Democrat, and I’m afraid the Republican would win,” she said.

Amy Aldredge, a Yarmouth Democrat, voted for King because she said he is thoughtful, intelligent and articulate.
 “He has a proven track record,” she said.

Even in heavily Democratic downtown Portland, King appeared to have lots of votes.

Shawn Kelleher, a 30-year-old who voted at Portland’s East End School, said her vote for King was the only one that strayed from the Democratic Party line.

"My vote went in the direction of what seemed like a series of team players," she said.

Will Kessler, a 33-year-old Portlander, said he liked a lot of what Cynthia Dill had to say. But, he said, he thought a vote for King would be more strategic because of the potential spoiler effect.

Before heading into the voting booth, he said, "I'm leaning King."

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