GOP's Collins not running for governor, will stay in Senate

GOP's Collins not running for governor, will stay in Senate

GOP's Collins not running for governor, will stay in Senate

Collins put an end to months of speculation when she made her announcement at the Samoset Resort in Rockport Friday morning.

Now that Sen. Susan Collins has announced she will not run for ME governor, one thing is certain.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is surrounded by reporters as she arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, before a test vote on the Republican health care bill. "And I would try to heal the state and bring people back together, which I think is important as well".

Collins has made headlines during GOP-led efforts to repeal and replace the health care law commonly called Obamacare for voting against her party's stance.

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Photo Senator Susan Collins of ME, a Republican who helped to block President Trump's promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, on Capitol Hill in September.

"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. Though she lost that race, she said she was still drawn to the ability of a governor to have a direct and immediate effect on people's lives by creating jobs and spurring economic development.

She's not afraid to buck her party.

Collins grew up in Caribou, in far northern Maine.

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Collins ranks 15th in Senate seniority and is the most senior Republican woman. Most famously, she played a crucial role this summer in dooming his goal of repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Collins, 64, has the lowest Liberty Score of any elected Republican in Congress - voting with conservatives on key issues just 12 percent of the time.

Collins is Maine's senior U.S. Senator, having held her seat as a Republican since 1997.

Maine's 2018 gubernatorial race could be a referendum on the legacy of LePage, whose administration slashed entitlement growth and touts a healthy state surplus. Since Mr. Trump became president, she has voted less often with her party than any other Republican senator.

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