Sen. Susan Collins Will Not Run for Governor of Maine

Sen. Susan Collins Will Not Run for Governor of Maine

The pull of legacy and a chance to take the reins of state government were not enough to convince Republican U.S. Sen.

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says she will decide this week if she's running.

"This decision has not been any easy one".

After Collins refused to support Trump, LePage said she was "done in ME".

"The best way that I can contribute to these priorities is to remain a member of the United States Senate", Collins said.

Collins' announcement was met with a standing ovation by the crowd. Collins supported Republican presidential candidates until coming out against Donald Trump a year ago.

The 64-year-old Collins made the announcement Friday morning at an event in Rockport.

Joining the race would have given her the chance to become Maine's first woman governor and avenge her only electoral defeat.


Collins grew up in Caribou, in far northern Maine.

Some of her supporters were anxious that leaving the Senate would have left Maine's pugnacious governor to appoint her replacement.

Republicans are now trying for a sweeping rewrite of the nation's tax laws, which many of them hope will wash away some of the deep anger in the party after the health-care failure.

But a gubernatorial bid by Collins would also have been risky - the biggest threat coming from within her own party. 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.

And many Mainers have strong opinions about what Collins should do.

Shawn Moody announced Tuesday he had joined the Republican Party. She opposed two different efforts to dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act earlier this year, citing the negative impact she believed the plans would have had on vulnerable Americans, particularly in Maine.

LePage's style and ideological bent is in sharp contrast with the more pragmatic, measured Collins.

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