Trump Wants LePage To Challenge King For Maine Senate Seat

Report President Trump Urging Maine Gov. Paul Le Page to Run for US Senate in 2018

Report President Trump Urging Maine Gov. Paul Le Page to Run for US Senate in 2018

Trump has told advisers he plans to call LePage, the bombastic Republican governor who endorsed him in February 2016, and ask him to jump in against King - and tell LePage he would endorse him.

President Donald Trump is reportedly urging Maine Gov. Paul LePage to run for U.S. Senate. Angus King in 2018, saying the report was "fake news", according to WCSH-TV.

King, a former ME governor himself, is an independent who usually caucuses with Democrats.

White House officials have been in touch with LePage's political team in recent weeks, according to two people with knowledge of the talks.

LePage, a longtime Trump ally who supported him in the 2016 presidential race, said in July that he was considering challenging King.

"The president is actively engaged in fundraising, candidate recruitment and other efforts to help elect Republicans up and down the ballot", Raj Shah, a White House spokesman, told the Post, but declined to comment on the LePage conversations.