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

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Collins, whose term ends in 2020, acknowledged that it was a hard decision, one that she'd struggled over.

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

"I will say that I am very concerned about the president's executive order that was issued yesterday and his decision to do away with an important subsidy that helps very low income people", she said.

Notwithstanding the fact that numerous reports indicated that there were elements of becoming Governor of ME that appealed to her, it's not entirely surprising that Collins chose to stay in the Senate and to seek re-election.

Senator Colliins says she's "bridge between the two sides of the aisle", one reason she is staying in Senate. She also said she felt an affinity for Augusta, the capital, where a long line of ancestors served in the State Legislature, starting with her great-great grandfather and including her father.

Independents are a powerful force in ME politics, with Collins' Senate counterpart, Angus King, one of only two independents in the chamber.

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Maine Democratic Party Chair Phil Bartlett said Republican gubernatorial candidates represent the party's fringe who support four more years of GOP Gov. Paul LePage.

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

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.

After signing the order, Trump then advised the Democrats to come to the table and cut a deal with him, making it fairly clear that the entire effort ― despite the hugely negative effect it might have on many people's health and lives ― is part of the president's ongoing negotiating strategy.

Ms. Collins made her announcement at a breakfast meeting here of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The party primaries are in June and the general election is November 2018.

Collins was one of three Republican senators who sunk the Republican Senate health care bill.

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