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Pity the voters of Maine. Once America's leading political aphorism for their reliability in picking presidential winners (''As Maine goes, so goes the nation''), they were reduced to a national wisecrack after their state was one of only two to choose Alf Landon over Franklin Roosevelt in 1936 (``As Maine goes, so goes Vermont''). Now they're about to be outsourced: The state is considering a bill that would abolish U.S. citizenship as a requirement for voting in local elections. Somehow, ``as Mogadishu goes, so goes Maine'' just doesn't have the same ring.  
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