Some of her supporters were anxious that leaving the Senate would have left Maine's pugnacious governor to appoint her replacement.
After several months of open deliberations about her future, Senator Susan Collins of ME announced Friday that she would not run for governor and would remain in the Senate. Collins, first elected in 1996, is now serving her fourth term in the Senate.
Collins has come under criticism from current Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) over her position on health care.
Collins has made headlines during GOP-led efforts to repeal and replace the health care law commonly called Obamacare for voting against her party's stance.
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Last year, Collins announced she would not vote for Donald Trump in the presidential election, and she has been critical of the president in the past.
According to Politico, Collins has been mulling this decision for months while several "moderate" members of the Senate have been urging her to say.
"In the Senate, I now have significant seniority, and that allows me to do a lot", she told Maine's WGAN radio at the time. Additionally, Collins would have control of the state bureaucracy, potentially using it and the bully pulpit of the governor's office to advance a policy agenda to work on initiatives that could improve Maine's economic outlook.
She's not afraid to buck her party.
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Recent, opinion polls released by partisan sources have offered conflicting evidence of how Collins would fare in a Republican primary contest.
Collins has won her four Senate contests by an average margin of 20 percentage points by drawing support across the political spectrum.
Maine's 2018 gubernatorial race could be a referendum on the legacy of LePage, whose administration slashed entitlement growth and touts a healthy state surplus.
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LePage criticized Collins this year for saying Indiana's plan to expand Medicaid could be a model for Maine.