FALMOUTH, Maine — Independent Senate candidate Steve Woods says he’s endorsing the candidacy of Angus King, but that doesn’t mean Woods won’t be trying to beat him November.

Woods, a Falmouth businessman and Yarmouth town councilor, issued a statement Wednesday praising King after the two met at King’s campaign headquarters in Brunswick. He said he’s endorsing King not because he thinks King can do a better job but because he admires the former two-term governor, describing him as “more politically astute than Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan combined.”

But Woods hopes to beat him in November.

Woods also proposed an agreement to prevent a spoiler. He proposed that either candidate would drop out and endorse the other if one trails the other by 10 percentage points a week before the election.