Maine's Susan Collins Says She's Staying in US Senate

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Collins made her long-awaited announcement at a Friday, Oct. 13 breakfast meeting of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce held at the Samoset Resort.

U.S. Senator Susan Collins of ME, a moderate Republican who helped block her party's efforts to repeal Obamacare this year, plans to reveal on Friday whether she will keep her focus on Washington or make a run for governor next year.

There has been speculation for months on whether she would leave the Senate to run for the Blaine House.

Gov. Paul R. LePage, a fellow Republican who is barred by term limits from seeking a third term, has been stirring the political pot against her. Ms. Collins, a moderate who has glided to victory in her recent elections, this time faced the likely prospect of bruising and expensive attacks from the right.

GORHAM (AP) - A prominent ME businessman has joined the Republican Party as he considers a second bid for governor. Susan Collins to run for governor.

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Collins has been in the Senate since 1996 and is in her fourth six-year term. If she remains, she will not face reelection until 2020.

Collins, 64, is popular in the state, having won re-election in 2014 with 68 percent of the vote. Additionally, Collins would have control of the state bureaucracy, potentially using it and the bully pulpit of the governor's office to advance a policy agenda to work on initiatives that could improve Maine's economic outlook.

But there is little question that LePage would have opposed her even though she twice lended her support in his bids to take, and keep, the governor's office.

Photo Senator Susan Collins of ME, a Republican who helped to block President Trump's promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, on Capitol Hill in September. Since Mr. Trump became president, she has voted less often with her party than any other Republican senator.

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