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Report: Trump May Urge Maine Gov. LePage to Run for Senate

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By    |   Wednesday, 06 Dec 2017 07:32 PM

President Donald Trump is reportedly urging Maine GOP Gov. Paul LePage to run for the Senate — putting him up against Sen. Angus King, I-Maine.

Citing unnamed advisers, The Washington Post reported Trump plans to call LePage to ask him to jump in against King, who usually caucuses with the Democrats, in 2018 — and that he will offer his endorsement.

White House officials have been in touch with LePage's political team in recent weeks, the Post reported — and LePage's name came up Tuesday at a White House meeting on Senate candidates.

"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.

LePage's approval rating in Maine is at 42 percent, according to Morning Consult, ranking him the nation's seventh-least popular governor, the Post reported.

USA Today lists some of LePage's more controversial comments as including: calling student protesters idiots, for which he apologized; saying Indian immigrants were "lovely people, but you've got to have an interpreter"; and suggesting he makes up fake stories to mislead reporters.

He also has a contentious relationship with the state's senior senator, Republican Susan Collins, the Post reported.

LePage, who has served as Maine's governor since 2011, endorsed Trump early in his presidential campaign.

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