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King was first elected in 1994, defeating both former Democratic Governor Joseph Brennan and Republican Susan Collins. King's election was a rarity not only in Maine politics, but nationally. During his tenure, he was one of only two Governors nationwide not affiliated with either of the two major parties, the other being Jesse Ventura of Minnesota (both King and Ventura endorsed John Kerry for President in 2004).
Before being elected Governor, King was well-known statewide as a television host on Maine PBS and a successful businessman. As Governor, King's bipartisan ways proved extremely popular: in 1998, he was reelected with 59% of the vote to 19% for Republican Jim Longley Jr. and 12% for Democrat Thomas Connolly .
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John R. McKernan, Jr.
| Governor of Maine|
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