Senate Republican Campaign Chief Aids (Almost) All Seeking Maine Seat

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Senators Joe Lieberman, left, and John Cornyn before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

John Cornyn, the Texas U.S. senator overseeing Republican strategy in Senate races, seems to like a lot of the Republicans seeking a seat in Maine that could determine control of the Senate.

Five of them, to be exact. Cornyn’s leadership political action committee, Alamo PAC, donated $5,000 each to five of the six Republicans who are vying to succeed retiring Republican Olympia Snowe, according to a filing Alamo PAC made yesterday with the Federal Election Commission.

The fortunate five are state senator Debra Plowman, former state senator Richard Bennett, state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin, Attorney General William Schneider and Secretary of State Charlie Summers.

Left out: Scott D’Amboise, a former town selectman and Tea Party activist who was challenging Snowe when she unexpectedly announced her retirement in February.

Maine voted Democratic in the past five presidential elections, giving 58 percent of its votes to President Barack Obama in the 2008 election, and so it will be difficult for the Republicans to win the seat without the popular Snowe defending it. The Democrats may not win it either: the early favorite to win the seat may be Angus King, a political independent and a popular Maine governor from 1995 to 2003.

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