“[Senator Olympia Snowe’s] independent streak has not hurt her in Maine, where more than a third of voters have no party affiliation. Snowe won re-election in 2006 with 74% of the vote. ‘I don’t believe there’s a person in the state of Maine who could beat her politically,’ said L. Sandy Maisel, director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.”

<http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-10-13-Snowe_N.htm>

See also:
Associated Press, Oct. 13

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The Globe and Mail, Oct. 14