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Senator Collins' announces whether she will run for Governor at 8:00

Since April, Ms. Collins, 64, has toyed publicly with the idea of running for governor, which was the first office she ran for, in 1994.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME announced Friday that she will not run for governor in 2018, renewing her commitment to serve in a sharply polarized Senate where her centrist Republican positions have made her a key bulwark against much of President Trump's agenda.

People in ME are anxiously awaiting Senator Susan Collins' big decision: will she run for Governor? 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.

It would not be Collins' first shot at the Augusta state house. Her Senate term runs through 2020. She would have been the clear front-runner in a governor's race now filled with lesser known candidates.

"Senator Collins is so busy trying to stop President Trump's agenda on the national stage, she is out of touch with her own state", LePage said in a radio address last week.

While the Republican from Caribou remains one of the most popular senators in the country, her support among a Republican party apparatus aligned with hardliners like Gov. Paul LePage appears to be on the decline.

Recent, opinion polls released by partisan sources have offered conflicting evidence of how Collins would fare in a Republican primary contest.

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.

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.

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

A Collins governorship could have arguably reversed that trend.



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