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Former Maine Governor Angus King is pictured in this undated photograph released on June 22, 2012. It has been nearly a decade since King finished his second term as Maine's governor, loaded his family into a recreational vehicle and set off on a 5 1/2-month road trip across America, his presumed farewell to politics. Now, at 68, King not only is back in politics, he may become an unlikely power broker in the divided U.S. Senate after the November 6 elections.    REUTERS/Courtesy of the Office of Angus King/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS HEADSHOT) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Sen.-elect Angus King
Sen.-elect Angus King has made it official, announcing that he will caucus with Senate Democrats, brining the majority to 55 votes. This, as the Roll Call headline reads, is "No shocker."
Sen.-elect Angus King, I-Maine, surprised no one Wednesday morning when he announced that he would caucus with the Senate Democrats, bringing the number in that caucus to 55 for the new Congress.

“I wanted to maintain my independence as long and as thoroughly as possible,” King said. He added that “it simply wouldn’t be practical” to not join either caucus.

“Affiliating with the majority makes the most sense,” particularly with a clear Democratic majority, King said.

It's such a no-brainer that, according to King, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell didn't even bother to contact him to woo him over to the dark side.

But it did come as a surprise to someone, who apparently hasn't been keeping up too well lately.

Shocking and startling news... RT @PoliticalTicker: Angus King to caucus with Democrats -
@SenJohnMcCain via Echofon
He's probably already got his date with one of the Sunday shows to talk about how shocked he is.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:02 AM PST.

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