Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Sen. Susan Collins Will Not Run for Governor of Maine

Sen. Susan Collins Will Not Run for Governor of Maine

Susan Collins, R-Maine, greeted members of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce at a Friday morning breakfast, October 13, and before the crowd of approximately 230 business owners, plus television film crews and reporters, she announced that she will not be campaigning for the state's governor's office this coming year.

Collins made her long-awaited announcement at a Friday, Oct. 13 breakfast meeting of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce held at the Samoset Resort.

Speculation regarding a potential Collins gubernatorial run had swirled for months. Most famously, she played a crucial role this summer in dooming his goal of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Prior to her announcement, she said she wanted to "heal ME", a comment read by some as a swipe at LePage's polarizing style.

"I was guided by the central tenet of the Hippocratic Oath: First, do no harm", she said. Collins, first elected in 1996, is now serving her fourth term in the Senate.

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Collins is seen as the most middle-of-the-road Republican in the Senate, willing to buck Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) when she disagrees with them.

She would have joined a crowded field in the race for governor to replace two-term Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who can not run again because of term limits, and her decision will likely free more gubernatorial candidates who have been waiting on the sidelines to enter the race. The middle of six children learned the importance of hard work by age 10 while plucking potatoes from the dirt for 30 cents per barrel.

Collins has won her four senate contests by an average margin of 20 percentage points by drawing support across the political spectrum. She was re-elected with 68.5 percent of votes in 2014, 61.3 percent in 2008 and 58.4 percent in 2002. State laws forbid LePage from seeking a third term.

Collins ranks 15th in Senate seniority and is the most senior Republican woman.

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