(CNN) - In a hotly contested ballot measure, voters in Maine said yes to same-sex marriage, CNN projects, becoming the first state to approve the freedom to marry for same-sex couples through a majority vote on a ballot measure. A number of states already allow gay marriage, but those laws were accomplished through court rulings or with the help of legislation.
One leading advocacy group, Freedom to Marry, said Maine is expected to begin issuing marriage licenses in mid-December.
Maine was one of four states with a same-sex marriage initiative.
"Now the commitment gay and lesbian couples have made in life will be respected equally under the law, celebrated before their loved ones, and called what it is: marriage," said Marc Solomon, Freedom to Marry National Campaign Director in a news release. "It's hard to overstate the national significance of this vote," he added.
(CNN) - Maine elected former Gov. Angus King to the Senate Tuesday, CNN projected.
King, an independent, steadfastly has refused to say if he will organize with Democrats or Republicans when he gets to Washington, meaning if the Senate is narrowly divided after Tuesday's election, he could determine which party gets majority control.
Boca Raton, Florida (CNN) - Restore Our Future, the Super PAC supporting Mitt Romney, has reserved television airtime in Maine beginning later this week, according to a Republican source tracking media buys.
The group plans to air $300,000 worth of ads in the Bangor, Presque Isle and Portland-Auburn markets, the latter of which also covers parts of New Hampshire, from Oct. 25 through Oct. 29.
(CNN) – Maine Gov. Paul LePage apologized Monday for referring to the Internal Revenue Service as the "Gestapo" in his weekly radio address over the weekend.
"It was not my intent to insult anyone, especially the Jewish Community, or minimize the fact that millions of people were murdered," the Republican governor said in a statement.
(CNN) – A day after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said his father, George H.W. Bush, wouldn't find a place in today's Republican Party, the former president pushed back at the idea.
"I know what he's getting at, but I don't think it would be difficult," Bush said, while answering a reporter's question on Tuesday in Kennebunkport, Maine.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama heads to Vermont and Maine Friday to help bring in campaign cash for his re-election bid.
The president will be the main attraction at two events in Vermont, one of the most Democratic states in the country, and at two more in Maine, a state then-presidential candidate Obama won by 18 points in the 2008 election.
(CNN) - Angus King, the former independent governor of Maine, jumped into the race to replace retiring U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe Monday, telling a crowd a Brunswick, Maine he would help America’s economy return to solvency.
“This country’s got some real serious problems,” King told a crowd at Bowdoin College, where he is a lecturer. “Putting people back to work the very first one, and numbers don’t tell the whole story.”
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Washington (CNN) - A day after she shocked her colleagues and constituents by announcing her retirement, moderate Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine explained her decision and defended tough criticism she leveled at her colleagues when she announced why she would leave the Senate.
"People are just stunned by the debilitating partisanship, polarization and the overall dysfunction of the institution and political paralysis as we come, you know, to the point of extreme when it comes to resolving the problems facing our country," a frustrated Snowe told CNN Wednesday. "It's become an all or nothing proposition and that failure has eroded the public's confidence about the direction of this country and about governing institutions to be at the front lines of solving these problems."
Washington (CNN) – While issuing a harsh critique of the partisanship that often has the Senate in gridlock, Olympia Snowe, a three-term moderate Republican from Maine, stunned her colleagues Tuesday when she announced she would not seek re-election.
Her unexpected decision could make it more difficult for hopeful Republicans to win back the majority in the chamber where Democrats currently hold a 53-47 seat advantage.
Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine announced Tuesday she will retire rather than seek re-election this year, surprising colleagues and perhaps casting the future of her seat in doubt.
The decision was made "after an extraordinary amount of reflection and consideration," she said in a statement.