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Maine Sen. Angus King switches gubernatorial endorsement to Democrat Mike Michaud

In what could prove to be a crucial last-minute endorsement, Independent Sen. Angus King (Maine) has yanked his support for the Independent candidate in Maine's gubernatorial election and instead given it to the Democrat in the race.

Polls have found Rep. Mike Michaud (D) and incumbent Gov. Paul LePage (R) running even, with independent Eliot Cutler trailing well behind but still siphoning away a chunk of the anti-LePage vote. Cutler on Wednesday rebuffed calls that he drop out of the race, but acknowledged his distant odds and told people to "vote your conscience."

"After many months considering the issues and getting to know the candidates, it is clear that the voters of Maine are not prepared to elect Eliot in 2014," King said in a statement announcing his switch.