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Pingree Will Not Run To Replace Snowe In Maine

Pingree Will Not Run To Replace Snowe In Maine

There is likely to be one less woman in the senate in 2012, as Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced that she will not run for retiring Republican Senator Olympia Snowe’s seat.

Citing the issues of running in a three-way race, and the fear that† her entry could cause the non-conservative vote to fracture and allow the Republicans to keep the seat, Pingree said that after much thought she will stay in the House.† “After careful consideration I have decided to run for re-election to the U.S. House this year. This has been a very difficult decision and I will always be grateful for the tremendous support Iíve received from people all across Maine and around the country. I have been humbled by the enthusiastic encouragement Iíve gotten — from my neighbors here in Maine to my colleagues in Washington.”

Former Governor Angus King will be running as an Independent in the race, which many believed would cause a splintering of the Democratic vote.† Pingree stated that she talked to King about his not running in the race, but he was undeterred.† Rather than risk potentially splitting the vote and handing a Republican candidate a win, Pingree decided to not run instead.

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6:49PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

Noted.

5:38PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Okay then she can maybe be governor some day. Just get rid of the crazy's please.

2:43AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

There are worse things in the world............

4:04PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

Thank you Chellie for keeping your constituents well-being and interests at the front by not running at this time. I believe that in the long run, most of us will remember this and certainly vote for you in the future whether you seek a seat as a senator or even governor! Hopefully, the Democratic Party won't sink to the level of the GOP's cesspool tactics. King did very well as Governor even with the budget defits created by McKernan, Republican, who managed to waste away a surplus left by Brennan. He earned my respect when he got through the right wing homophobic garbage launched his way and stayed on task managing government with the wellbeing of ALL of Maine's residents in mind.

1:32PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

She has done what she has always done, thought of the consequences and put the good of her state first. BTW, Angus King is very acceptable. He is a moderate, reasonable man who was a good governor and quite popular.

1:19PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

Well - more Democrat in fighting!

Hope Angus King can beat the Republican - and if he does, are they sure he's a Democrat at heart?

I wonder how many more Democrat disagreements and battles we're going to see? Perhaps it might start to rival the GOP race for newsworthiness?

1:07PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

A woman of courage and integrity. This is not the time to split the vote so a Republican can win. Pingree has earned our respect.

12:32PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

Disappointing that King would not yield, but this increases my respect for Pingree even higher than before.

12:31PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

We need her in the House !

My question is, why is King running as an Independent?

12:30PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

A smart women and I'm sure the people of her state will keep that in mind when casting their vote for her.

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