Snowe connections run deep in Maine GOP candidates

10:55 PM, Jun 17, 2012   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Outgoing Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe isn't running for another term, but her imprint will still be seen in the general election campaign in two GOP congressional candidates.

Charlie Summers, who won Tuesday's GOP Senate primary, was Snowe's state director for nine years, from 1995 to 2004, though he didn't endorse Snowe when she faced a tea party challenger before leaving the Senate race.

Kevin Raye, who won the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, served more than 17 years as a top Snowe aide and her chief of staff in the Senate.

Both say they've been influenced by Snowe, but they add that they'll have to earn their votes.

Summers is running against Democrat Cynthia Dill, independent Angus King and three other independents in November's race.



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