FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2012, file photo Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine prepares to announce her decision not to run for re-election outside her Capitol Hill office in Washington. The undisputed front-runner in the race to replace Snowe is the state's popular former Gov. Angus King. Meanwhile Democrats are betting their political futures on women in elections across the nation, and for many Maine women the 68-year-old left-leaning independent businessman is not their first choice. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2012, file photo Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine prepares to announce her decision not to run for re-election outside her Capitol Hill office in Washington. The undisputed front-runner in the race to replace Snowe is the state's popular former Gov. Angus King. Meanwhile Democrats are betting their political futures on women in elections across the nation, and for many Maine women the 68-year-old left-leaning independent businessman is not their first choice.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2012, file photo Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine prepares to announce her decision not to run for re-election outside her Capitol Hill office in Washington. The undisputed front-runner in the race to replace Snowe is the state's popular former Gov. Angus King. Meanwhile Democrats are betting their political futures on women in elections across the nation, and for many Maine women the 68-year-old left-leaning independent businessman is not their first choice. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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