Former Maine Governor Angus King (I) announced yesterday that he'll be running for the US Senate. Other's that may also throw in their hat; John Baldacci (D) former governor of Maine, Chellie Pingree (D) current US Rep, Maine AG William Schnieder (R), Charlie Summers (R) Secretary of State, and Bruce Poliquin (R) State Treasurer.
None of the republicans have the stature that the dems/independents have. Angus could be a spoiler as he's really a pretty liberal guy. Our recent gubernatorial election results are a clear example of how a left-leaning independent can put the underdog in the winners circle with only 38% of the vote.
None-the-less, Angus is extremely well-respected and well-loved in these parts. Probably even more-so than Olympia.
My predication is that Angus King the Independent will be the next senator from Maine.