Trump pushing ME gov to run for Senate

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  Troy R. Bennett | BDN  Donald Trump shakes hands with Maine Gov. Paul Le Page at a 2016 campaign rally in Portland

Troy R. Bennett | BDN Troy R. Bennett | BDN Donald Trump shakes hands with Maine Gov. Paul Le Page at a 2016 campaign rally in Portland

According to a report from the Washington Post, Trump has told advisers he plans to not only call Gov. LePage and ask him to enter the 2018 race but to also offer his endorsement.

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President Donald Trump is reportedly urging Maine GOP Gov. Paul LePage to run for the Senate - putting him up against Sen. King is an independent former two-term governor who caucuses with Democrats. State Sen. Eric Brakey of Auburn is the only Republican running against King now.

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LePage has stirred controversies in the past, including when he left threatening comments on a lawmaker's voicemail, said he often makes up stories to mislead the press and said 90 percent of drugs dealers in ME were black and Hispanic when a FOIA request showed the opposite.

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"The president is actively engaged in fundraising, candidate recruitment and other efforts to help elect Republicans up and down the ballot", Raj Shah, a White House spokesman, told the Post, but declined to comment on the LePage conversations.

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