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 CollinsSenate Judiciary announces Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing NRA will spend M to support Kavanaugh for Supreme Court: report Planned Parenthood launches six-figure Supreme Court ad campaign 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 KingThe Hill's 12:30 Report Sen. King ‘reasonably confident’ Russia is behind fake Facebook accounts A single courageous senator can derail the Trump administration 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.