Rand Paul confronts GOP divide in Maine


BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul faces a divided Republican Party as he arrives in Maine.

The Kentucky Republican addresses the state Republican convention on Saturday afternoon. State GOP officials have been plagued by infighting since libertarian-minded activists loyal to Paul's father seized control of the state party.

Paul's White House ambitions — and Maine's Republican Gov. Paul LePage's re-election prospects — may depend on whether Paul can help mend divisions between his party's establishment and tea party wings.

This year's convention theme is "unity," an optimistic note from party officials who report that things have improved in recent months.

Besides promoting Republican unity in Maine, Paul is pushing to strengthen his appeal beyond his father's passionate supporters to prove he can be a credible national candidate.

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