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Maine Republicans Elect Speaker of the House 

Maine Republicans are getting ready to elect a Speaker of the House.There are six house members in the running to succeed Democrat Hannah Pingree of North Haven.The contestants in a runoff to be decided Friday include representatives Andre Cushing of Hampden, Paul Davis of Sangerville, Stacy Fitts of Pittsfield, Patrick Flood of Winthrop, Robert Nutting of Oakland, and Meredith Strang Burgess of Cumberland.Last week Republicans took control of the house, 77 seats to 73 for the Democrats.The newly-elected Senate Republican majority picked Kevin Raye of Perry as Senate President Friday.