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Angus King wins Senate bid

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UPDATED 9:10 PM... includes elements from King's speech and Sen. Snowe's letter of congratulations

UPDATED 10:45 PM... includes Summary of Dill's concession speech

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Angus King has won his bid to replace outgoing U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe.

NBC News made the call shortly after 8:00 PM Tuesday based on data from exit polls.

King, an Independent, ran his campaign saying that the culture in Washington D.C. is broken and he would be someone who could help fix that.

Sen. Olympia Snowe made headlines in February when she announced that she would not be seeking another term because of partisan gridlock.

Around 8:45 PM, Angus King took the stage at his headquarters in Freeport.

He credited some of his success at the polls to Mainers' reaction to what King has called "negative advertising" from the Republican camp. He jokingly thanked Karl Rove, a pioneer of that style of campaigning, with his win.

King also said he would continue to be a voice of moderation and a voice for Maine in Washington.

As of 9:08 PM, no other candidates have issued a concession.

At 9:06 PM, Senator Olympia Snowe sent a media release congratulating King. 

 

"I have known Angus for many years and worked closely with him on issues critical to Maine during his two terms as Governor.  I know he cares deeply about Maine people and the future of our nation, and I called him this evening to congratulate him on his victory.  We had a very good conversation -- I offered anything I could do to assist him with a smooth transition, and we will be meeting toward that end in the near future."  

When asked by NEWS CENTER if he was prepared to say whether King would caucus with Republicans or Democrats, he said he wouldn't make that decision until he got to Washington, D.C. and spoke with his new coworkers.

At 10:36 PM, Democratic Senate candidate Cynthia Dill took the stage to announce her concession. Dill congratulated King on his win and said he "deserves our well wishes."

Dill spent much of her speech talking about what it means to campaign as a woman and said she would continue to fight for women's rights and female representation in Washington.

"Another value that I held close to my heart was to inspire young women as I had been inspired as a young girl. I wanted to show, through my candidacy, what is possible when women bring our voices into the political arena and when we bring our issues to the forefront."

She also compared her campaign to the story of David & Goliath, saying she was outspent and abandoned by the national Democratic Senatorial Committee. She said her campaign was a grassroots one and their small success is a credit to the perseverance of her supporters.

Charlie Summers, the Republican challenger for the seat and second place finisher, took the stage simultaneously and said that he had called Angus King to congratulate him on his victory.

NEWS CENTER

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