Maine Senate

April 16, 2012 - 3:57 AM
FILE - In this May 16, 2011, file photo Sen. Cynthia Dill, D-Cape Elizabeth, debates in the State House over a bill to overhaul Maine's health insurance laws in Augusta, Maine. Angus King the popular former governor in Maine is the undisputed front-runner in the campaign to replace retiring Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe, the state’s most powerful female voice in a generation. But beneath the 68-year-old businessman’s popularity is a stark political reality: For many Maine women, King is not their first choice. And this election, perhaps more than any other, underscores the sometimes conflicting priorities for a Democratic Party struggling to beat back a Republican takeover of the Senate. The Democratic Senatorial campaign committee has been reluctant to rally behind Dill, a state senator from suburban Portland who built a legal career fighting gender discrimination. She is facing fellow Democrat Matthew Dunlap, a former secretary of state, among others, in a June primary. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)