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Collins says she's not running for governor, will stay in Senate

15 October 2017

Senator Susan Collins announced she will NOT run for governor of ME anytime soon saying she feels of the most use remaining in the United States Senate.

Republican Susan Collins says she's staying out of the governor's race because she believes she can do more good for ME by staying in the U.S. Senate.

Collins is one of a handful of GOP centrists and decided she's needed in Washington.

It would not be Collins' first shot at the Augusta state house. The work she does for ME - while rarely easy and often understated - is a reflection of her work ethic and her infinite energy to serve the people of our state. "She holds a critical position in the U.S. Senate right now, and her colleagues don't want her to leave because she's seen as a voice of reason".

She is now the 15th-most senior senator and one of the body's few swing votes.

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Maine Democratic Party Chair Phil Bartlett said Republican gubernatorial candidates represent the party's fringe who support four more years of GOP Gov. Paul LePage.

Now in her fourth term in Washington, she ranks 15th among the 100 senators in seniority and appears to be at the height of her power.

The moderate Republican was first elected in 1996 and has played a pivotal role in the Senate in recent debates about health care policy. Since Mr. Trump became president, she has voted less often with her party than any other Republican senator.

The 64-year-old Collins plans to announce her decision on Friday at an event in Rockport.

Finally, she turned to what she called "the elephant in the room".

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The audience applauded but still seemed uncertain of her decision, as she continued.

She said, "I continue to believe that Congress can and will be more productive".

Maine's Governor's office is next up for election in 2018, and a run for that office would have actually been Collins's second attempt at the job. Maine's other senator, independent Angus King who caucuses with the Democrats, called her "a champion for the state of ME". She says while she's confident she could have won a Republican Primary, her place is in the Senate. Susan Collins' decision to stay in the U.S. Senate.

Collins spent much of her announcement touting the importance of finding bipartisan solutions to make health care affordable for all.

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Collins says she's not running for governor, will stay in Senate