Sen. Susan Collins (R) announced on Friday that she will not run for governor of Maine next year, ending months of public speculation about her political future.
“I want to continue to play a key role in advancing policies that … bring peace and stabilities to a troubled and violent world,” Collins said during a speech at a local Chamber of Commerce event in Maine. “And I have concluded that the best way I can contribute to these priorities is to remain a member of the U.S. Senate.”
She added, “I am a congenital optimist and continue to believe that Congress can — and will – be more productive. … I have demonstrated the ability to work across the aisle.”
Collins has publicly deliberated for months over whether to jump into the governor’s race and remained tight-lipped about what she would ultimately decide.
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