AUGUSTA (AP) – Gov. John Baldacci has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton.

He’s the eighth governor to back the New York senator in her race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Baldacci, a Democrat, touts Clinton’s “strength and experience” as making her the best for a “a very rough job.” He also said she’ll “be ready to lead on her first day in office.”

Other governors who have thrown their support behind her include New York’s Eliot Spitzer, New Jersey’s Jon Corzine, Ohio’s Ted Strickland, Maryland’s Martin O’Malley, Arkansas’ Mike Beebe and Michigan’s Jennifer Granholm.

Maine’s presidential caucuses are in February.


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