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Byline: Jonathan Riskind
July 01--Two Maine Democrats are contemplating running for U.S. Senate next year against Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe.
Early in the 2012 election cycle, many political analysts have paid more attention to the potential primary challenge to Snowe from the conservative, tea party-affiliated wing of her own party.
But the interest being shown by state Rep. Jon Hinck of Portland and former Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap of Old Town demonstrates that Democrats are assembling a strong general election challenge, said Ben Grant, chairman of the Maine Democratic Party.
Grant acknowledged that Snowe, a three-term senator who's considered a …