Yesterday evening Sen. Angus King (I-ME) switched things up and endorsed Rep. Mike Michaud (D) for Governor of Maine, despite having endorsed independent candidate Eliot Cutler earlier this year. Cutler was also endorsed by the major newspaper the Bangor Daily News, who called him the best man for the job despite the two-party system.
Senator Angus KIng is now endorsing Mike Michaud for governor. He had previously endorsed Eliot Cutler #mepolitics— WCSH 6 (@WCSH6) October 29, 2014
.@SenAngusKing: "Like Eliot, I too am a realist ... it is clear that the voters of Maine are not prepared to elect Eliot in 2014."— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) October 29, 2014
.@SenAngusKing: "We still have a chance to elect a governor who will represent the majority of Maine people ... Mike Michaud."— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) October 29, 2014
The switch came after Cutler hosted a downright weird press conference where he didn't drop out of the race, but he essentially told his supporters that it's perfectly fine to vote for someone else. Cutler has been at a distant third in most polls.
Maine's other senator, Olympia Snowe (R) endorsed incumbent Paul LePage (R).