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The Kingmaker

An independent from Maine has become the patron saint of spoilers.
Sen. Angus King Jr. (I-ME) arrives at the 100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on May 3, 2014, in Washington D.C.

Sen. Angus King Jr. (I-ME) arrives at the 100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on May 3, 2014, in Washington D.C.

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Senator Angus King is everywhere and nowhere on the campaign trail. While the Maine independent was meeting with top Pakistani officials in Islamabad on a trip ending this week, he was becoming a bit of a sensation back at home.

Independent Senate candidates in South Dakota and Kansas are dropping his name, hoping to prove to voters that non-party candidates are not political unicorns. They've turned to King as a model for how they would act if elected, pointing to his two-year tenure as proof that independents can exist in the wilds of Congress.