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Majority group backs Rick Bennett for Maine GOP chair

3:16 PM, Jul 19, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The majority of voting members of Maine's Republican State Committee is supporting former-Senate President Rick Bennett as next state party Chairman.

Thirty nine committee members announced their support for Bennett in an email obtained by The Associated Press on Friday.

The 77-member committee is expected to vote in Augusta on Saturday.

The election follows the resignation of former Chairman Richard Cebra earlier this month. The party said Cebra stepped down because of personal reasons.

Bennett is currently chairman at Portland-based research firm GMI ratings and previously served as Senate President in the Legislature.

The group says Bennett is a "successful job-creating businessman" who has "fought against out-of-control and wasteful government borrowing and spending."

Maine's libertarian-leaning Liberty Caucus also said in a statement Friday that it's backing Bennett.

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