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Sen. Collins Gets King Endorsement

| May 16, 2014

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) – Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King is endorsing his Republican colleague Susan Collins in her bid for a fourth term in the Senate.

At the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan on Friday, King called Collins a “model U.S. senator” and praised her willingness to work across the aisle.

Collins is being challenged by a political newcomer, Democrat Shanna Bellows, former executive director of the Maine Civil Liberties Union.

King has not previously endorsed Collins. They were political opponents when he defeated her in a three-way gubernatorial race in 1994.

But the two have worked together well in Congress. Collins says she and King share a desire to bridge the partisan divide that often leads to gridlock in the Senate.

Bellow said Friday that she respects King’s thoughtful and independent decision.

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