She is now the 15th-most senior senator and one of the body's few swing votes.
Collins and LePage mark out the two poles of the state's Republican Party. 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.
"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.
The senator said she made her decision based on where she could do the most for ME and the country. Collins said previously that she'd like to heal the state and "bring people back together".
Maine's Governor's office is next up for election in 2018, and a run for that office would have actually been Collins's second attempt at the job.
Collins, speaking at a hotel in Rockland, Maine, prefaced her announcement with a lengthy speech about health care and lamented the effect of "hyper-partisanship" in Congress on health care ever since Democrats first passed the Affordable Care Act.
Had Collins made a decision to run for governor she would have joined a crowded field to replace two-term Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who can not run again because of term limits.
Now in her fourth term in Washington, she ranks 15th among the 100 senators in seniority and appears to be at the height of her power. Since Mr. Trump became president, she has voted less often with her party than any other Republican senator.
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.
The 64-year-old Collins made the announcement Friday morning at an event in Rockport. The governor has since used his weekly radio addresses and conservative radio appearances to berate Collins over her opposition to two controversial bills repealing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
Among other assignments, Collins is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the panel leading the congressional Russian Federation investigations.
Collins has won her four Senate contests by an average margin of 20 percentage points by drawing support across the political spectrum. Behind the scenes, Collins is reportedly among a small group of Senators still engaged in the seemingly hopeless task of trying to find a bipartisan solution to current problems with health insurance and healthcare.
It wouldn't be a sure thing though.
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