Collins to announce decision on Maine governor bid Friday

Collins to announce decision on Maine governor bid Friday
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSunday Shows Preview: Emmanuel Macron talks ahead of state dinner GOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees Overnight Energy: Trump NASA pick advances after drama | White House office to investigate Pruitt's soundproof booth | 170 lawmakers call for Pruitt to resign MORE (R-Maine) will announce whether she’ll run for governor in 2018 on Friday, her office said Tuesday. 

Collins, a prominent moderate in the Senate, has previously said that she was planning to announce her decision on a potential gubernatorial run this week. She said in late August that she’d make a decision by Sept. 30.

The Maine Republican, who has been in the Senate since 1997, has drawn headlines for her opposition to the GOP’s efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Collins's no vote helped doom the latest GOP repeal attempt

Collins ran for governor in 1994, but lost to now-Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingPompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel Democrats mull audacious play to block Pompeo Overnight Defense: Trump steps up fight with California over guard deployment | Heitkamp is first Dem to back Pompeo for State | Dems question legality of Syria strikes MORE (I-Maine).

Collins isn’t up for reelection to the Senate until 2020. If she ran for governor and won, she’d have to resign from her Senate seat, allowing Gov. Paul LePage (R) to appoint a replacement.