Former Maine Governor Angus King is pictured in this undated photograph released on June 22, 2012. REUTERS/Courtesy of the Office of Angus King/Handout
Independent King to caucus with Democrats, boosting their Senate control
Posted : Wednesday, 14 November 2012 09:39AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator-elect Angus King, an independent and former Maine governor, announced on Wednesday that he will caucus with President Barack Obama's Democrats, raising their control of the Senate to 55-45 in the new Congress that convenes in January.
King had been long expected to side with Democrats but said he would defer his decision until after last week's election and would do what was best for his state.
King will fill the seat of Republican Senator Olympia Snowe, who announced her retirement earlier this year, saying she was fed up with the partisan gridlock that prevented Congress from resolving many of the nation's problems.
(Reporting By David Lawder; Editing by Bill Trott)
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