Sen. Collins to announce this morning whether she will run for governor

Sen. Susan Collins R-Maine speaks at a news conference at Bath Iron Works in Bath Maine. Collins said she will decide during the Columbus Day recess whether to stay in the U.S. Senate or again run for governor

Sen. Susan Collins R-Maine speaks at a news conference at Bath Iron Works in Bath Maine. Collins said she will decide during the Columbus Day recess whether to stay in the U.S. Senate or again run for governor

Susan Collins, known as one of the last remaining "moderates" in the U.S. Senate, announced Friday that she will not run for governor of ME, ending months of speculation.

She is now the 15th-most senior senator and one of the body's few swing votes. Leading pro-life groups had called on members of the Senate to pass the reconciliation bills that the House had already approved.

Collins and LePage mark out the two poles of the state's Republican party, with the senator routinely working with Democrats in Washington while the governor has regularly fought with his rivals in the state capital Augusta. Thus taxpayers continue to be forced to fund the nation's biggest abortion business that kills over 330,000 unborn children in abortions on an annual basis. On Friday, she said, "The hands-on nature of governor very much appeals to me".

Collins, 64, had mulled a run for governor for months.

Whether one likes what she decides or not, Collins deliberates. 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. Ultimately, it appears to have been the environment in Washington that's convinced Collins to stay. She is not up for re-election in the Senate until 2020. Since Mr. Trump became president, she has voted less often with her party than any other Republican senator.

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Collins made her long-awaited announcement at a breakfast meeting of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce held at the Samoset Resort.

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 has been in the Senate since 1996 and is in her fourth six-year term. King and Collins, of course, now serve together in the Senate. Susan Collins (R-ME) criticized Senate Republican leadership for shutting women out of the process of developing health care legislation. She would have been the clear front-runner in a governor's race now filled with lesser known candidates.

In any case, the Collins vs LePage factional divide will continue play out in the GOP primary for governor, as a lot more Republicans jump in, including some center-right figures. Finally, given the narrow margin that the GOP now has in the Senate, Collins is an important voice that can't simply be ignored by Senate Majority Leader McConnell and the rest of the Senate GOP leadership.

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