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Sen. Susan Collins won't run for governor, will remain in US Senate

Sen. Susan Collins won't run for governor, will remain in US Senate

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.

Collins was one of a couple of Republican Senators who voted against the reconciliation bills over the summer that would have defunded the Planned Parenthood abortion company. With Governor Paul LePage, who's kind of a Donald Trump in duck boots, term-limited out of office, Collins was seen as a strong candidate to keep the governor's mansion in GOP hands.

Democratic Chairman Phil Bartlett said Friday that it "doesn't say much for the Maine Republican Party" that Collins would rather stay in D.C. than contend for governor. King said Friday that Collins has been "a champion for the state of ME for more than two decades".

Since April, Ms. Collins, 64, has toyed publicly with the idea of running for governor, which was the first office she ran for, in 1994.

Ms. Collins, a Republican who was first elected to the Senate in 1996, has become a thorn in the side of President Trump, for whom she did not vote.

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Maine's senior senator ended months of speculation about her interest in being Maine's next governor by telling 225 attendees at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce's quarterly business breakfast in Rockport this morning that she could do more good for ME by staying in Washington.

Speaking to reporters after the event, Collins said LePage's repeated criticism neither bothered her nor did it influence her decision. I have demonstrated the ability to work across the aisle, to build coalitions, and to listen to the people of my state and my country.

Her announcement ends widespread speculation that the 20-year veteran of the Senate would return to ME and seek to finish her political career in the governor's mansion - a position denied to her in 1994 when she finished third in a five-person race.

There are five women among the 52 Republicans in the Senate -Collins, Lisa Murkowski (AK), Joni Ernst (IA), Deb Fischer (NE), and Shelley Moore Capito (WV).

The 64-year-old Collins announced earlier Friday that she would be staying out of the governor's race because she believes she can do more for ME by remaining in the U.S. Senate. In addition to the fact that she is fairly high up in Senate tenure, Collins is now arguably at the height of her power and relevance as a Senator, a position that is only likely to increase in the future. Collins won that race and has gone on to win re-election three times, most recently in 2014 when she was re-elected in a relative landslide. Collins recently led an effort to reform hours-of-service policy for truckers. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement that she "fights fiercely for her constituents".