U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine
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Maine's Angus King to caucus with Senate Democrats

Will give Dems a 55-to-45 edge in chamber

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Independent U.S. Senator-elect Angus King of Maine says he has decided to caucus with Democrats, which will add to the party's voting edge. His decision ends months of speculation about which party he would align with.

The former Maine governor was elected last week to replace retiring Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe, a prominent centrist. GOP and conservative super PACs spent millions of dollars to attack King during the campaign for Snowe's seat.

With King joining their caucus, Democrats will have a 55 to 45 edge in the Senate.

King said Wednesday that caucusing with Democrats will still allow him to take independent positions on issues.

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