Wall Street Journal: US Senate campaign roundup (July 13, 2012)

Angus King, the independent running for Maine’s open Senate seat, is enjoying a wide polling lead that seems to make the race his to lose. His opponents hope to whittle that lead down by poring over his record as governor from 1995 to 2002.

A recent poll by the Portland Press Herald found that Mr. King had twice the support of his closest competitor, GOP candidate Charlie Summers, in the race to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe.

Mr. Summers isn’t as well known as Mr. King. But Lance Dutson, Mr. Summers’s campaign manager, said Mr. King’s standing would dwindle as his opponents drill down on the less flattering parts of his gubernatorial record, including budget deficits. “Those types of things get explored more thoroughly now than they did in the 1990s,” Mr. Dutson said. Mr. King supports President Obama.

For the candidates, also including Democratic state Sen. Cynthia Dill, this weekend’s campaigning will be thoroughly old-school, as they join a parade Saturday at the Moxie Festival in Lisbon Falls, celebrating one of the oldest sodas in the U.S. and Maine’s official soft drink.

“You can’t be a political candidate in Maine without tipping one back,” said Bob Mentzinger, a Dill campaign spokesman.

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