Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) on Capitol Hill last July. Collins announced Friday she plans to remain in the Senate rather than run to be Maine’s next governor. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption
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Susan Collins, one of the few remaining centrist Republicans in the U.S. Senate, has decided to stay in that polarized body rather than run for governor of Maine.
Collins told a crowd of roughly 100 business leaders and a throng of local and national media at the Samoset Resort in Rockport on Friday that she will not seek the Republican nomination to run for governor next year. Instead, Collins said she will remain in the Senate at least until her current term ends in 2020.
“This decision has not been any easy one. Ultimately I’ve been guided by my sense of where I can do the most good for Maine and the nation,” she said.
She added, “I have concluded that the best way I can contribute to these priorities is to remain a member of the Senate.”
Collins’ announcement was met with a standing ovation by the crowd.
Her announcement ends widespread