Former Gov. Angus King projected winner for U.S. Senate seat

By Ben Holbrook | Nov 07, 2012
Photo by: Ben Holbrook Independent candidate Angus King makes a final visit Monday, Nov. 5 to Belfast to thank his supporters and encourage residents to vote. The visit marked the second time King visited the city over the course of his campaign.

Former Gov. Angus King is the projected winner for the U.S. Senate seat, defeating his Republican and Democratic challengers by a wide margin. He carried Waldo County by more than 3,500 votes and won in 23 of 26 towns — losing Knox, Frankfort and Brooks to Charlie Summers, R-Scarborough.

The battle to win the Senate seat was hard-fought, as Republican candidate Summers, Independent candidate Angus King and Democratic candidate Cynthia Dill vied for the attention of voters.

In a press release from his campaign, King said he is ready to begin the process of working with both sides of the aisle to address the national deficit.

"I am ready to act as bridge between the two parties so that as your elected officials we can begin to address our nation's most pressing issues, starting with the national deficit. There is already a group of eight moderate senators, Democrats and Republicans, who are hoping to end the current gridlock, I look forward to working with them," King said in the release.

King, who served as Maine’s second Independent governor from 1994 to 2003, is best known for his Maine Learning Technology Initiative, which gave every middle school student access to a laptop computer.

Unofficial results from the Nov. 6 election show King earned a total of 10,467 votes in Waldo County.

In prepared remarks, Dill congratulated King on his victory.

"And I want to be among the very first to congratulate Angus King, the next U.S. senator from Maine. He ran an outstanding campaign and deserves our well-wishes," Dill said in her remarks.

Before being elected secretary of state in 2010, Summers represented District 31 –– Scarborough, Old Orchard Beach, Saco and Dayton –– in the Maine Senate. Summers left the Senate to serve as the state director for Snowe.

In 2007, Summers was deployed to Iraq, and again the following year to Afghanistan, where he was awarded the Army Combat Action Badge.

Unofficial results for Summers show he garnered a total of 6,921 votes in Waldo County.

Dill served on the Cape Elizabeth Town Council before being elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2006.

During her time in the House of Representatives, Dill sponsored legislation that created the Broadband Strategy Council. In 2011, Dill was elected to the Maine State Senate to represent District 7.

Unofficial results for Dill show she earned a total of 2,493 votes in Waldo County.

All election results are unofficial until they are ratified by the state.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at bholbrook@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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