PORTLAND — Independent Sen.-elect Angus King begins a series of meetings this week that’ll help him decide which party he’ll be caucusing with after he’s sworn into office.

King, who arrived in Washington on Sunday, has declined to say which party he’d align himself with in the U.S. Senate. Most observers think he’ll side with Democrats, but he’s said he won’t make his decision until after spending some time in Washington.

Democratic Sen. Harry Reid already reached out to King to open the door to discussions about caucusing with the party. There’s been no similar effort by the Republican leadership.

King said his decision could be this week or after Thanksgiving. Regardless of his decision, he said he’d vote his conscience, not along party lines.

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