Susan Collins had publicly mulled a run for governor of Maine, which could take her out of the U.S. Senate. She passed on Friday.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), a key voice for the moderate bloc of the U.S. Senate, announced on Friday she will not seek to be governor of Maine in 2018. Instead, she’ll stay in the Senate likely through the end of her term in 2020.
Her statement, according to NBC News, suggests Collins feels a sense of duty in sticking it out in the U.S. Senate:
JUST IN: U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) has announced that she is not running for governor pic.twitter.com/4q9xlJn4RV
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 13, 2017
Collins would have been a favorite in the GOP primary and the general election in Maine in 2018, but that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t have had a battle on her hands. Her combative governor, Paul LePage (R-ME), suggested in August that Collins would be “highly unlikely to win a Republican primary.”
Collins’ exit and win would also trigger a special election for U.S. Senate in Maine, and it’s uncertain whether a Republican would take her place.
Collins has been a key moderate Republican in the U.S. Senate, opposing Obamacare repeal efforts and some Trump nominees this year.
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