PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Senator Angus King announced his support for gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler Monday.
Senator King, an independent like Cutler, said he has respect for both Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud, but he thinks Cutler is the man for the job. Cutler is trailing in the polls behind Michaud and Gov. LePage. King also endorsed Cutler in the last governor race. Some people have said Cutler is drawing votes away from Michaud, which will result in a split vote in November.
"I'm tired, really tired of hearing the phrase splitting the vote. I prefer the phrase combining votes. And that's what we're all about...Two-thirds of the voters in this state haven't decided who they're going to vote for in November. That is an opportunity that I embrace," said Cutler.
Cutler also ran in the 2010 governor race and came in second to Gov. LePage in 2010. When he announced his candidacy last September he but vowed that he wouldn't lose again.
Mike Michaud's campaign says they were expecting the endorsement to go to Cutler, and aren't worried about losing the votes they've already secured.
Governor LePage's campaign spokesman, Alex Willette issued this response: "It is no surprise that Angus King would endorse someone other than Michaud after seeing how ineffective he is in Congress. The LePage campaign has always viewed this as a three way race and today's endorsement reflects the same position Cutler was in during the 2010 election."