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LePage Backs Snowe in 2012

Washington — A warning to all Tea Party hopefuls in Maine: If you want to primary moderate Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe in 2012, you won’t get any help from the state’s newly elected GOP governor, Paul LePage.

LePage tells NRO that he will “absolutely” support Snowe, regardless of who jumps in against her. His loyalty, he adds, will “never turn.”

For LePage, it’s personal. He says Snowe’s late husand Peter Snowe helped to get him off welfare and into college. His support for Senator Snowe, he says, “transcends politics,” due to his relationship with and “respect” for the Snowe family.

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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