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Independent King undecided on Senate affiliation


FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine Independent Sen.-elect Angus King says he's heading to Washington this weekend and could decide as soon as next week — or after Thanksgiving — on which party he'll align himself with.

The former two-term governor overcame challenges from Republican Secretary of State Charlie Summers and Democratic state Sen. Cynthia Dill to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe.

He said no matter which party he chooses to caucus with, he will vote his conscience.

At a news conference Wednesday in Freeport, Maine, King said he got a congratulatory telephone call from Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid. He said Reid encouraged him to talk to two independent senators, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, about how Democrats treated them.

King said he had no similar calls from Republicans.


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