GOP’s Collins says she’s not running for governor, will stay in Senate
Posted by Associated Press on 13th October 2017
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Republican Sen. Susan Collins says she will not run for Maine governor and will stay in the U.S. Senate.

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

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“I want to continue to play a key role in advancing policies that strengthen our economy, help our hard-working families, improve our health care system and bring peace and stability to a violent and troubled world. And I have concluded that the best way that I can contribute to these priorities is to remain a member of the United States Senate,” Collins said.

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

The moderate Republican was first elected in 1996 and has played a pivotal role in the Senate in recent debates about health care policy.

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

Had Collins decided to run for governor she would have joined a crowded field to replace two-term Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who cannot run again because of term limits. The election to replace him is in 2018.

Her decision Friday will likely free more gubernatorial candidates who have been waiting on the sidelines to enter the race.

LePage is an ally of President Donald Trump, whom Collins has publicly criticized in the past.