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New Chairman Seeks to Unify Divided Maine GOP
07/23/2013 01:37 PM ET  

Rick Bennett says there has been disharmony in the Republican party, pointing to the 2012 state GOP convention.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ In his new role as state Republican Party chairman, Rick Bennett is hoping to bring together a party that has recently shown signs of division.

Bennett was elected as the head of the state Republican Party on Saturday. HIs election followed the resignation of Richard Cebra earlier this month. Cebra resigned after six months on the job, citing personal reasons.

Bennett says there has been disharmony in the Republican party, pointing to the 2012 state GOP convention where Ron Paul supporters elected a majority slate supporting the former Texas congressman, stripping Mitt Romney of delegates.

Experts say Bennett is well-respected leader who can appeal to all Republicans and that his election signifies the GOP's effort to heal cracks in the party ahead of the 2014 election.



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